Green Phantom Pleco - Planted Tank Mates

Green Phantom Pleco

6″ | Single| 30 gal

PH 6.5 – 7.8 | Peaceful

Hemiancistrus subviridis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Fast Flow

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 86

PH: 6.5 – 7.8

dGH: 2 – 10

dKH: 6 – 10

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

While Green Phantom Plecos do well with many nano community fish, they do prefer faster moving waters.  Consider active fishes that can handle a bit more water movement like Pencilfish or Rummynose Tetras.  Their medium size make them suitable for larger fish as well such as angel fish and some cichlids.  When keeping more than 1, keep a higher female to male ratio.

A large tank that not only provides the width for them to dwell at the bottom, but also a tall tank that can provide slow-moving relief for mid and top-dwelling fish.

Notes

Green Phantom Plecos (Hemiancistrus subviridis ) are often confused with Hilfin Green Phantom Plecos (Baryancistrus demantoides).  One way to tell them apart is that Hemiancistrus will have a separated dorsal and adipose fin, while the Baryancistrus have the two fins connected by a membrane.

Plecos are nocturnal and prefer warmer waters.  Provide a lot of hiding spaces including plants and caves.  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.
They can be sensitive to nitrates, so keep it under control, preferably under 40 ppm.  Males will have tentacles on their heads while females will be more limited to just their snout.  They can change colors to slightly adjust to their environment, but sick Plecos will be dull in color

 

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Description

6" | Single| 30 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.8 | Peaceful

2.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

3” | Single | 10 gal

PH 6.5-7 | Peaceful

2” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

1.5” | 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

Hemiancistrus subviridis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Fast Flow

Parameters

Temperature: 72 - 86

PH: 6.5 - 7.8

dGH: 2 - 10

dKH: 6 - 10

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

While Green Phantom Plecos do well with many nano community fish, they do prefer faster moving waters.  Consider active fishes that can handle a bit more water movement like Pencilfish or Rummynose Tetras.  Their medium size make them suitable for larger fish as well such as angel fish and some cichlids.  When keeping more than 1, keep a higher female to male ratio.

A large tank that not only provides the width for them to dwell at the bottom, but also a tall tank that can provide slow-moving relief for mid and top-dwelling fish.

Notes

Green Phantom Plecos (Hemiancistrus subviridis ) are often confused with Hilfin Green Phantom Plecos (Baryancistrus demantoides).  One way to tell them apart is that Hemiancistrus will have a separated dorsal and adipose fin, while the Baryancistrus have the two fins connected by a membrane. Plecos are nocturnal and prefer warmer waters.  Provide a lot of hiding spaces including plants and caves.  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. They can be sensitive to nitrates, so keep it under control, preferably under 40 ppm.  Males will have tentacles on their heads while females will be more limited to just their snout.  They can change colors to slightly adjust to their environment, but sick Plecos will be dull in color  

Corydoras trilineatus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

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

Leopard Corydoras are often confused with Julii Corydoras.  The difference is that Julii will have spots on the front part of their head, while Leopard will continue the same body pattern.

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.

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 panda

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 habrosus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1 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 sterbai

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

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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