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L083 (Sailfin Pleco)
A popular and hardy catfish that works well in any community tank. It can be very aggressive towards other plecs, but its robust character makes it suitable for use with territorial fishes of other types such as loaches and cichlids. Basically brick red in colour with a giraffe-like pattern of dark brown patches. The sail-like fin is very distinctive. Known by a variety of names, including "gibby", L-numbers L083, L165, and L196, and the sailfin plec, on account of its huge dorsal fin.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Generally peaceful but territorial towards its own kind and other plecs. Mixes very well with quiet cichlids and midwater fish such as barbs and characins. Messy, but otherwise robust and easy to care for provided it is given space and adequate filtration. Eats most foods, including algae, but also vegetables, catfish pellets, and small pieces of prawn and mussel.
|Family Group:||L Numbers|
|Distribution||Brazil and Peru, Amazon system|
|Size||Up to 45 cm|
|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.
|World of Water - Manchester||Cheshire.||WA15 7PJ|
|Wholesale Tropicals||London||E2 0AA|
Other fish added to TFF recently:
Other fish added to TFF/TF2YD recently can be viewed below.
|Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Moenkhausia copei||Tetra Copei|
|Datnioides pulcher||Siamese Tigerfish|
|Schistura denisonii||Denison's Loach|
|Melanotaenia sp. Sungguer||Sungguer Rainbowfish|