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Scientific NameLeporacanthicus galaxias  Isbrücker & Nijssen, 1989
Common NamesL029, Galaxy Pleco
Ruesselzahnwels (Germany), Tusken Pleco, Vampire Pleco
Type LocalityRio Tocantins, Lagoa em frenta a Jacobal, Pará State, Brazil.
Pronunciationlepor ah KAN thi cuss - gah lax ee ass
EtymologyLatin, lepus, leporis = rabbit + Greek, akantha = thorn. This specific epithet refers to its milky (galaxias=milky or milky way) white spots.
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Size 250mm or 9.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationAll Leporacanthicus spp. have a small backwards facing slightly proud blunt thorn-like plate on top of their heads.

L. galaxias (L029) is distinguished from L007 (L. cf. galaxias) by its lower dorsal fin, a longer snout and smaller spots.
SexingAdult males have a much longer and broader head with small odontodes on the sides of head, more odontodes on pectoral fin spine and on the whole body, a bigger dorsal fin and normally a prettier coloration.
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DistributionSouth America: southern tributaries of the middle and lower Amazon, Madeira, Tocantins and Guamá rivers; also known from the Ventuari River basin in the upper Orinoco drainage.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Capim, Guamá (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco, Ventuari (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Nhamundá (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH5.6 - 7.0
Temperature22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersThis fish originates in fast flowing rapids so you should supply this fish with an oxygen rich strong current environment. I used powerhead driven UGFs with ventura style air / water mixing and an external bucket filter to keep this fish with sturdy medium sized Geophagus and Acaricthys cichlids which didn't mind the extra current too much.
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FeedingPrawns and Snails are top of the menu, but the fish will learn to eat most off-the-shelf foods.
FurniturePrefers bogwood and darker rocks. Not seen often during the day.
CompatibilityGets on with small lively catfish but avoid other larger bottom dwellers (unless space permits) due to the territorial disputes.
Suggested TankmatesMost small to medium community fish. Tetras and South American cichlids are ideal, unless you really go for it when providing a strong water current.
BreedingHas been accomplished but, sadly, not documented.
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ReferencesAquar. Terrar. Z.v. 42 (no. 9) - pp546 - Figs 8-10, 13-15
Registered Keepers(1) Trident2004, (2) Lornek8, (3) lordotterby, (4) chillired, (5) Plecofanatic1989, (6) Cristoffer Forssander, (7) eliy7, (8) Per (k: 2), (9) ElTofi (k: 2), who also notes: "removed into the 375 liters with Baryancistrus after a first spawning. This first has been destroyed by a female Crenicichla. ", (10) fusco, (11) OlePaulsen (k: 3), (12) jprp, (13) Juand15, (14) NC24, (15) tiffanyjayne, (16) brechtvh (k: 3), (17) Decker504, (18) Spider Dijon, (19) Kataterfish, (20) Max Chumachenko (k: 13), (21) spinyoldbrian, who also notes: "I absolutely adore this beauty. I shut down my African tank just to keep him and it was entirely worth it.", (22) simonas, (23) judeblackburn, (24) Andrewjw, (25) pleco rob, (26) Torb (k: 2), (27) edtam88, (28) playcos (k: 2), who also notes: "Spawned multiple times since 2010. Handful of fish survive from multiple spawnings.", (29) cjerrom, (30) chaim76, (31) seriouslycichlids (k: 4), (32) Kanta, (33) junglejason, (34) nandusnandus (k: 6), who also notes: "Initially very reclusive fish. Although they continue to most of their time concealed amongst the aquarium decor, they become notably stimulated at feeding time and aggressively consume sinking pellets and frozen meaty food items. Additionally, they show no signs of intimidation when challenged by larger Crenicichla for their food items.", (35) Vierrollenfreak, (36) Brookieboy2001, (37) recumbent, (38) Divinehammer, (39) Toolsforfish, (40) indeliKate, (41) TheDoctor, (42) PlecosAndLoaches, (43) Dice1790, (44) Phreeflow, (45) francistrus (k: 3), (46) adelinoarrais, (47) Pastoral, (48) Littleleeper23 (k: 4), who also notes: "Nightcrawlers seem to be a trigger Must be half rotted to eat Maintain at 84F", (49) MonsterFishMonger.

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Breeding Reports(1) ElTofi (b: 55), (2) pleco rob (b: 13), (3) Cristoffer Forssander (b: 10).
Article - CotM 1998 October
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