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Panaque maccus (LDA22, Clown Plec)

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A small, wood brown catfish with light brown vertical bands. The name Panaqolus maccus is sometimes seen in the aquarium literature but has no scientific validity; despite their small size, these species are considered members of the genus Panaque just like their larger cousins such as Panaque nigrolineatus.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

This small catfish is territorial but peaceful. It can be kept in groups but each specimen will require an area around 30 x 30 cm within which it will claim a suitable burrow or cave as its personal refuge.

Panaque are nocturnal omnivores. Much of their diet is plant material, and decaying may be a key element, so bogwood should always be provided. Otherwise they enjoy algae wafers, bloodworms, catfish pellets and so on.

Family Group: L Numbers
Distribution South America: Orinoco River system
Temperature 24-28 C
Size 10-12 cm is typical
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.0-8.0
Water Chemistry Adaptable
Diet Adaptable
Care Level Easy
Schooling Fish No
Sociability Peaceful

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