Panaque maccus

Common Names: Clown Panaque
Clown Pleco
Family: Loricariidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: America - South; Amazon Basin, South America
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Timid; Usually only out at night when the lights are off, similar to many other smaller plecos.
Diet: Herbivore; This Is a wood-eating Loricariidae, There aquarium should be decorated with various types of drift/bog wood. They should also have various types of Vegetables offered to them. Zucchini/Courgette, Cucumber, Yams, Squash, and etc... Supplemented two to three times weekly with frozen foods. Brine Shrimp, Bloodworm's, etc...
Care: Clown Pleco's do not eat algae in abundance, and do not generally feed on live plants. Examination of a wild specimen shows their diet consists primarily of detritus, scraped off various surfaces, in the process, removing a great deal of wood (which is how panaques and related genera recieved the repute of being "wood eaters"), fruit, and a variety of benthic invertabrates. Therefore, a variety of fresh foods should be supplied. Blanched vegetables, fruits (mango is usually a great hit amongst l
5.5 - 7
24°C - 29°C
75°F - 84°F
Potential Size: Male: 9cm (3.5")
Female: 9cm (3.5")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: Nocturnal; Nocturnal
Gender: As with all the members of the "Pananque" famliy, the males develop noticable Odontodes (protrusions from the body) along the Dorsum (top side of the body).
Breeding: Recent "panaqolus" spawnings of this and other related species have revealed that these fish are quite spawnable, and require realtively little provacation to motivate. A determining factor seems to be an availability of protein in addition to softwoods. The fish should be maintained for two months under dry season conditions with frozen food being fed three times a week. In preparation for breeding, add a powerhead and air stone to the tank, unplug the heater, and begin making 20% daily water c
Comments: The Clown Plecos are fairly small loricariids, suited to life in an aquarium of 15 gallons (though more is always better). A true "garbage fish", it will eat up leftovers of all sorts, though specimens should be provided with a steady diet of the aforementioned foods. A hardy and attractive species, individuals vary from a light chocolate brown with yellowish stripes or orange blotches to deep orange with deep burgandy stripes. It rarely exceeds four inches in length.
Main Colours: Brown, Orange, Yellow
Markings: Striped And Spotted
Mouth: Sucking Disc
Tail: Flat
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