Leopard Sailfin Pleco - Planted Tank Mates

Leopard Sailfin Pleco

18″ | Single| 100 gal

PH 6.5 – 7.5 | Peaceful

Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps

Characteristics:

Max Size: 18″

Care Level: Advance

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Low Flow

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 86

PH: 6.5 – 7.5

dGH: 2 – 10

dKH: 6 – 10

Tank Size: 100+ gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Sailfin Plecos do well with many mid or top-dwelling community fish like Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies and Endlers.  Once they get larger, they can live with Oscars, Angelfish, and some cichlids.  They’re peaceful with other bottom dwellers too, like Corydoras, but make sure there’s ample room to spread out in the tank.  Due to their size and territorial nature, it’s not recommended to keep more than 1 Common Pleco per tank.

Notes

Sailfin Plecos are not hard to keep.  They’re noted as advanced level fish due to the fact that they can get extremely large and need a tank that’s 100 plus gallons.  Not only is the volume of water important, but they need a wide and deep tank (front & back) to have ample room to swim.  They have the ability to adapt and thrive, so they should never be released into the wild as they can become an invasive species.

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.

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Description

18" | Single| 100 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.5 | Peaceful

2.5” | 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” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

2” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

1” | 4 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

Content

Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps

Characteristics:

Max Size: 18″

Care Level: Advance

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Low Flow

Parameters

Temperature: 72 - 86

PH: 6.5 - 7.5

dGH: 2 - 10

dKH: 6 - 10

Tank Size: 100+ gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Sailfin Plecos do well with many mid or top-dwelling community fish like Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies and Endlers.  Once they get larger, they can live with Oscars, Angelfish, and some cichlids.  They're peaceful with other bottom dwellers too, like Corydoras, but make sure there's ample room to spread out in the tank.  Due to their size and territorial nature, it's not recommended to keep more than 1 Common Pleco per tank.

Notes

Sailfin Plecos are not hard to keep.  They're noted as advanced level fish due to the fact that they can get extremely large and need a tank that's 100 plus gallons.  Not only is the volume of water important, but they need a wide and deep tank (front & back) to have ample room to swim.  They have the ability to adapt and thrive, so they should never be released into the wild as they can become an invasive species. 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.

Corydoras eques

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 paleatus

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 duplicareus

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 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 pygmaeus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1″

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: 10 gal

Grouping: 4 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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