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Pseudacanthicus pirarara (Scarlet Plec, L025)
A robust catfish with a mid-brown body covered in small dark patches and with vivid orange to red markings on the edges of the fins, particularly the dorsal and tail fins. L024 and L025 are similar, but L024 is smaller and has less contrasty colours. Both share the solid build and very spiny body, and for this reason are sometimes called "cactus plecs".
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Requires well-filtered, vigorously oxygenated water with minimal nitrates. A very nocturnal fish, hiding places are important if you want it to settle in and become more outgoing during the day. Although it eats some algae, this species is primarily an omnivore and needs a mix of vegetables such as courgette together with meaty foods such as bloodworms, prawns, and mussels. Very territorial, it is best kept apart from other plecs (including its own species) and shouldn't be forced to squabble with other benthic fish such as territorial catfish or cichlids. Mixes well with midwater cichlids, barbs, tetras, etc.
|Family Group:||L Numbers|
|Distribution||Brazil, Rio Xingu|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but avoid extremes|
Useful sources of information:
DATZ are the original source of L number information.
Other information on L numbers can be found from the book All L Numbers published by Aqualog.
On the web, a comprehensive source of information on L Numbers and catfish can be found at www.planetcatfish.com and also www.scotcat.com
The latest shops to have this fish stocked in-store are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.
|Lee Valley Aquatics||Essex||EN9 2PA|
Other fish added to TFF recently:
Other fish added to TFF/TF2YD recently can be viewed below.
|Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Oryzias dopingdopingensis||Doping Ricefish|
|Hyphessobrycon jackrobertsi||Jack Roberts Tetra|
|Pterygoplichthys punctatus||Imperial Ranger Pleco|
|Erromyzon kalotaenia||Kalotaenia Loach|