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Scientific Name Pseudacanthicus sp. (L024)  , 1989
Common Name(s) L024, Red Fin Cactus Pleco
Flame Pleco
Type Locality Rio Tocantins, Pará, Brazil
Pronunciation SUE dah KAN thi cuss
Etymology Pseud- Greek: False, Acanthicus - Greek: Spiny, Thorny. Literally "False Acanthicus" referring to this genus being similar to, yet different from, Acanthicus.  
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Size 300mm or 11.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The German common name for this genus is ''Cactus Pleco''. A good name! Similar to L025 but ultimately smaller with a less contrasting overall colouration making it more drab in appearance.
Sexing Mature males have considerably more odontodal growth on most fins rays but the pectorals are most adorned. Females fill out quite considerably in relation to the slender males.
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Distribution South America: Brazil: Rio Tocantins
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Temperature 23.0-27.0°C or 73.4-80.6°F (Show others within this range)
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Feeding Carnivore although not a predator, prawns and chopped mussel appear favourites and promote favourable growth. Some vegetable should also be provided and thus balances diet.
Furniture Not as shy as some members of the genus although a shady retreat should be provided.
Compatibility Generally peaceful but territorial from a young age. Some large specimens are aggressively territorial and may cause problems if housed with other large nocturnal fish.
Suggested Tankmates The temptation with large tough Loricariids is to keep them with large, tough other fish such as Oscars or other brutish characters. This actually works quite well with most omnivorous or mainly vegetarian plecos. Pseudacanthicus however are big messy carnivores, but, like all large plecos, produce vast amounts of waste and as such would require monumental filtration to house alongside non-catfish ''equals''. It is better to think of these catfish as the centerpiece fish and stock their aquarium with medium sized (preferably omnivorous) fish. All sizes of barbs work surprisingly well.
Breeding Unknown but almost certainly a cave / pipe spawner.
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Registered Keepers (1) Cory-Diddi, (2) Daniel Machado, (3) Trident2004, (4) Lornek8, (5) soltarii007 (p: 2, k: 2), (6) DarkAtlas, (7) stinger, (8) ani-mal-lvr (k: 3), (9) nettaigyo, (10) smithrc, (11) Chrysichthys, (12) Cdn Glenwood, (13) Loracidlover, (14) ronsterrc, who also notes: "Great cat.", (15) zedogz (p: 2), (16) Algaedarling, (17) 78bill, (18) mrwickedweasel, (19) fish fodder, (20) Royeight (p: 3), (21) Flex (k: 2), (22) Borbi (k: 3), (23) michele, (24) jasonkhor, (25) Haavard Stoere, (26) OlePaulsen, (27) justin_cu, (28) ayrtoninst (k: 2), (29) Blackhawker, (30) Neri2495, (31) bymoor, (32) Kenny Tay, (33) NC24 (p: 2, k: 8), (34) FFTRIP (p: 2), (35) kamlam (p: 2), (36) james gilbertson, (37) cjerrom, (38) PseudaSmart (k: 7), (39) rosswell, (40) celticfish, (41) junglejason, (42) Chanin09 (k: 2), (43) Amazonka, (44) camillajakobsen93, who also notes: "A beauty, nice colours", (45) acuraguy55, (46) Natey22, (47) liamirons, (48) Brad Pleco Addict, (49) Turbito75 (k: 4), (50) Norbert, (51) WouterW, (52) Mol_PMB, (53) recumbent, (54) CharlieM9, (55) TrulsK (k: 2), (56) briankchung (p: 2), (57) Divinehammer, (58) unstoppablejayd, (59) Arron_N, (60) dog321fish, (61) Altifrons.

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Breeding Reports (1) briankchung (b: 10).
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Last Update 2013 Jul 19 14:08 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)