Clown Pleco - Planted Tank Mates

Clown Pleco

4″ | Single| 30 gal

PH 6.5 – 7.5 | Peaceful

Panaqolus maccus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Medium Flow

Parameters

Temperature: 78 – 86

PH: 6.5 – 7.5

dGH: 3 – 8

dKH: 2 – 6

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Apistogrammas, Denison Barbs, Danios, Guppies.  Shrimps, snails and Otocinclus are OK, but smaller shrimp may get eaten.  Avoid larger or active bottom dwellers.

Notes

Nocturnal species.  Zebra Plecos are smaller than other common plecos, but they need a lot of space to hide.  They’re generally shy and peaceful, but can also be territorial at the same time.  Provide a sandy substrate with plants, rocks, wood, caves and ample room to swim.

Although they’re algae eaters, their diet cannot solely consist of algae.  Supplement with wafers and other nutritious food, especially when they get older and larger.

Bottom Dwelling Fish

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ImageClown pleco catfish (Panaqolus maccus).Blue neon stiphodon goby fish (Stiphodon atropurpureus).Albino aeneus corydora fish (Corydoras aeneus)Bandit corydora catfish (Corydoras metae).Super parallelus corydora catfish (Corydoras sp. aff. parallelus CW127).Green Corydora fish (Corydoras aeneus).
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Description

4" | Single| 30 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.5 | Peaceful

3” | Single | 10 gal

PH 6.5-7 | Peaceful

2.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

2” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

2.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

2.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

Content

Panaqolus maccus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Medium Flow

Parameters

Temperature: 78 - 86

PH: 6.5 - 7.5

dGH: 3 - 8

dKH: 2 - 6

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Apistogrammas, Denison Barbs, Danios, Guppies.  Shrimps, snails and Otocinclus are OK, but smaller shrimp may get eaten.  Avoid larger or active bottom dwellers.

Notes

Nocturnal species.  Zebra Plecos are smaller than other common plecos, but they need a lot of space to hide.  They're generally shy and peaceful, but can also be territorial at the same time.  Provide a sandy substrate with plants, rocks, wood, caves and ample room to swim. Although they're algae eaters, their diet cannot solely consist of algae.  Supplement with wafers and other nutritious food, especially when they get older and larger. https://plantedtankmates.com/bottom-dwelling-fish/

Stiphodon atropurpureus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Experienced

Behavior: Peaceful to Semi-Aggressive

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 70 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7

dGH: 3 - 10

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 1

Tank Mates

Small, peaceful Nano fishes like Tetras, Rasboras and Danios.  They can become territorial, so provide a lot of hiding space when keeping more than 1.  OK with dwarf shrimp, but they'll most likely eat smaller fry.

Notes

These fish have very stringent water requirements.  Regular maintenance and upkeep is necessary.  They prefer softer waters closer to a neutral PH.  Using almond leaves, cholla and driftwood provide tannins which they prefer.  They're frequent climbers and jumpers, so an aquarium lid is highly recommended.  Ensure algae and biofilm is present in your tank for grazing.

Breeding

Spawning is relatively easy, but breeding can be a bit tricky. Increase the tank temperature to low 80's and provide lots of hiding spaces like small, open-ended pipes.  Females will develop swollen bellies (full of eggs) and the male will attract the female to a safe place to lay.  After spawning, remove the female and allow the male to guard the eggs.  Within 5-7 days the eggs will hatch and can become easy food for prey, so isolation may be necessary.  In the wild, newly hatched fry are swept to brackish and marine water conditions where they feed and develop.  Once mature and developed, they swim back to freshwater conditions to inhabit.

Corydoras Aeneus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2 1/2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species!

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

Corydoras matae

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species!

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

Corydoras CW127

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2 1/2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species!

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

Corydoras splendens

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2 1/2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species!

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

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