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Scientific Name Panaqolus sp. (L169)   
Common Names LDA001, Gold Stripe Panaque
Pronunciation pan ack oh luss
Etymology Panaqolus: Inelegantly derived from the indigenous term Panaque and in a form that infers a smaller size than that genus. 
Article - CotM 2007 June
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Size 80mm or 3.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Many similar species exhibit similar patterns and coloration so not that easy to firmly ID, closest to L002 (Rio Tocantins), L169 is from the middle of the Rio Negro. Compare also to the very similar L074 & L306.

The base coloration is brown with black stripes running form the upper body to the lower body. The black bands are slightly bigger than the brown. They are smaller on the snout and get bigger on the rest of the body. Fins have same pattern as the body. The abdomen is light brown with dark bands, these bands usually oriented from snout to tail and do not join each side of the fish.
Sexing Males have longer pectoral and interopercular odontodes. They also have plate odontodes at the base of the caudal peduncle. Females are more rounder in the ventral region and tend to stay a bit smaller.
General Remarks A nocturnal pleco mainly active at night.
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Distribution L169 is found in the Rio Negro. LDA01 is only known to occur in Brazil without any further information on the precise locality.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.0 - 7.6
Temperature 24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding A wood eating species; vegetables are avidly eaten. Animal protein can be given once in a while but should not be the main diet except when conditioning the fish for breeding as it helps the female to mature the eggs.
Furniture Driftwood over a fine sand substrate. Slate, coconut or bamboo caves provide shelter. Aquatic plants can be kept as these plecos don't seem to touch them.
Compatibility A good community citizen. Its small size make it good for basically any type of tank size. Not very territorial if enough hiding places are given.
Suggested Tankmates Works well with most types of peaceful community fish. Can be somewhat territorial towards conspecifics, but given enough hiding spaces, a group can be kept in a suitable size aquarium - roughly requiring a 30 x 30cm area per fish.
Breeding A cave spawner with the male guarding the brood. They use holes in submerged wood as breeding caves - see Catfish of the Month article link.
Breeding Reports There are 4 breeding reports, read them all here.
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Last Update 2012 Oct 10 20:37 (species record created: 2001 May 10 00:00)