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Scientific Name: Leporacanthicus cf. galaxias
Origin: South America
- Care Level: Easy
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Lifespan: 10-15 years
- Water Conditions: 72-79°F, pH 5.6-7.0
- Maximum Size: 9.5"
- Diet: Carnivore
- Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
The Vampire Plecostomus is jet black in color, and covered in numerous small white spots that give it a striking appearance. The body form is typical of a pleco, with a large, downward facing sucker mouth and impressive dorsal and tail fins.
They require a large tank with good filtration with a moderate flow rate to simulate their natural environment, and should be given plenty of hiding places in the form of driftwood and rockwork caves. They can live with a variety of tankmates, including other smaller, more active catfish as long as they are given their own space, but may be territorial towards their own species.
Unlike many other plecostomus, they are primarily carnivores and must be fed meaty preparations. Brine shrimp, bloodworms, tubifex both live and frozen are ideal. Pellets, wafers, and high quality flakes should also be provided, and they should be given a fair amount of vegetable matter such as cucumber, zucchini, and lettuce periodically to ensure a well-rounded diet.