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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.

Tropical Fish 2 Your Door stock

Buy this fish online today from Wildwoods:
Fish Sex: Cant be sexed, Size: 5-6cm, Price: £8.00 View shop
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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
Temperature 24-26 C
Size Up to 45 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.5-7.5

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

Shop stock

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World of Water - Manchester Cheshire. WA15 7PJ View shop
Wholesale Tropicals London E2 0AA View shop

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