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Scientific NamePeckoltia sabaji  Armbruster, 2003
Common NamesLDA002, Para Pleco
L075, L124, L301, Sabajs Hemiancistrus (Denmark)
Type Locality5.9 kilometers west-southwest of village of Sand Creek, 02.96656°, -059.56943°, Essequibo River drainage, Rupununi (Region 9), Guyana.
Synonym(s)Hemiancistrus sabaji
Pronunciationpeck OLE tea ah - sah BAY eye
EtymologyPeckoltia: named after Gustavo Peckolt, member of the Natural History Commission of Rondon. The species is named for Dr. Mark Henry Sabaj Perez, Collection Manager of Ichthyology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.
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Size 250mm or 9.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationSee CotM article link below.
SexingUnreported, doesn't follow the norm for Peckoltia species.
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DistributionGuyana, Essequibo drainage, Venezuela/Colombia, middle reaches of Orinoco drainage, northern Brazil, Rio Negro drainage and river of Para State flowing north into the Amazon downstream of the confluence with the Rio Negro.
Amazon, Lower Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 7.6
Temperature24.0-26.0°C or 75.2-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersFlowing water preferred but not mandatory.
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FeedingA real omnivore; will eat frozen bloodworm, sinking pellets, flakes and green vegetables. Feed unsettled or new fish at, or just before, night / lights out.
FurnitureProvide plenty of rocks for hiding. Tank does not need to be well-planted. Low rounded rocks and close to the ground driftwood crevices are favoured. This pleco doesn't commonly attach to the glass or venture very high in the water column.
CompatibilityA relatively gentle pleco even when at its maximum size. Appears to do well with its own kind as well as other plecos of a similar temperament / dietary requirements.
Suggested TankmatesOther small to medium sized catfish, a good pleco to keep with Corydoras or Brochis. Seems to prefer the company of smaller more active fish rather than larger ones. Double figure sized shoals of active tetras or even cyprinids seem to have the most calming effect and inspire confidence in these plecos to make daytime sorties in search of food.
BreedingThey are sexually mature around 13-14 cm SL but there are only small differences between the sexes. The male grows just a little longer interopercular and pectoral spine odontodes. The latter are small compared to many other species in the same genus. The females get very plump when gravid and her genital papilla will look round and be very visible, males stay slender and elongated in their body. They are cave spawners and the main problem is to get both sexes and a pair that match each other in terms of size and temperament as the spawning is remarkably gentle in comparison to most other species especially Hypancistrus.
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ReferencesArmbruster, J. W. (2003). Peckoltia sabaji, a new species from the Guyana Shield (Siluriformes: Loricariidae). Zootaxa 344:1-12.
Registered Keepers(1) natefrog, (2) Promod, (3) Cory-Diddi, (4) f3mg (k: 2), (5) Trident2004, (6) Micki, (7) spencerdeluxe, (8) Tuti, (9) DarkAtlas (p: 2), (10) LoL, (11) FuglyDragon, who also notes: "Changes color to suit substrate", (12) PoohBear, (13) Ben-cgn, (14) Brotox (p: 4), (15) smithrc, (16) humle, (17) Chrysichthys, (18) Cyberbob, (19) Högö (k: 2), (20) Jools, (21) firenzenz, (22) layzmob, (23) drgold (k: 6), (24) simonas, (25) jippo (k: 2), (26) Freakdaddy, (27) frank frestad, (28) LUISGOREY, (29) sillypony, who also notes: "flashy. fast mover.", (30) loloveto, (31) scatz, (32) Julie, (33) calsonic, (34) ronsterrc, (35) cwhite67, (36) zhallam, (37) 78bill, (38) norfolkgarden, who also notes: "3.5 inches, very active, great fish. Looks most like pic 32, but with stripes from back of dorsal fin to tail. Lost in October tank crash. Will definately look for another one.", (39) Waterboy, (40) doesdavid, (41) wiseoldowl, (42) tvwav, (43) stang1, (44) traumatic, (45) Loracidlover, (46) smsjazz81, (47) Deano089, (48) Seaokoy, (49) I_Xeno, (50) PepperedGary, (51) upc239 (k: 2), (52) wilpleco, (53) shadowcat (k: 2), (54) nowhereman (k: 2), (55) dr_philatelist, (56) storch31, (57) claro, (58) Bijn, (59) FrankW, (60) oli (k: 5), (61) suprabiatch, (62) Back, who also notes: "Died of unknown causes", (63) drpleco (k: 5), (64) 2wheelsx2 (p: 3, k: 4), who also notes: "Sourced from Brazil Found 2 dead, one was decayed and another had a black stomach.", (65) J Bluto, (66) Turbo, (67) Kampfer, (68) puresp (k: 2), (69) KAROBA (k: 3), (70) L-ko (k: 3), (71) Nx7, (72) PeterUK, (73) dpk2313, (74) huskybz91, (75) ichtyophile, (76) judeblackburn, (77) hossma (p: 2), (78) Derzel, (79) mrfishydude, (80) ChanggyChinggy, (81) Buc_Nasty, (82) tspaceace68, (83) Donald (k: 9), (84) plecomanpat (p: 2, k: 2), (85) hankinswood, (86) idudi, (87) VonKarppis, (88) WoonyFishMan, (89) scorpia9100, (90) Nabobmob1 (k: 4), (91) Decker504, (92) PlecoCrazy (k: 4), (93) geminiluna, (94) Jako, (95) FFTRIP (p: 2), (96) wrasse, (97) Skägget, (98) ali_uk_1, (99) gforcefx, (100) Apostolis, (101) mikebren12, (102) dudiel, (103) Brisch, (104) Nimitz, (105) balken89, (106) Pny, (107) pereli (k: 2), (108) Bjørn, (109) dav (k: 2), (110) Cristoffer Forssander (p: 2), (111) jonhybravo2, who also notes: "Not 100% if this is a para pleco but he is a fast little guy who seems to go 100 miles an hour cleaning everything. Very cool to watch.", (112) girema, (113) Andrewjw (k: 9), (114) Syno Rey, (115) aX!o, (116) chaim76, (117) gilsharon, (118) PiggyCutie, (119) camillajakobsen93, who also notes: "Comes out when it gets food", (120) kalija (k: 3), (121) lilu, who also notes: "Chose largest coconut cave as its main hangout and defends it from all other fish but appears to be afraid of rabbit snails as it will not enter the cave if there is a snail inside cleaning. Not bothered by mystery snails nor zebra nerite snails though.", (122) Id16, (123) PlecosAndLoaches (p: 3, k: 4), (124) Asset, (125) Siltsu (k: 2), (126) evojoey, (127) Oceanica, (128) A 401, (129) B20, (130) WouterW, (131) recumbent, (132) TrulsK (k: 8), (133) Redmalboro, (134) husky_jim, (135) ebrehe, (136) Jost (k: 6), (137) mickf1, (138) Tamcon83 (k: 3), (139) flh1200 (k: 5), (140) Kaetsy, (141) adcc, (142) Thomas Meaden, (143) janohansen (k: 8), (144) pleconut, who also notes: "Just bought today and now another planned, at a later date and he's just one of those fish that deserves to be named so i named him Champion is kept in a peaceful Amazon themed tank. I've made him a cave took him a while to find it he likes it but won't share it with the male albino bristlenose plecos i had in the tank and becomes quite lively. If i upgrade the tank may get a third one.", (145) scandicman (k: 4), (146) Phreeflow (p: 2), (147) DHarris (p: 2), (148) FredMotorhead, (149) Sabaji, (150) iytian (k: 3), who also notes: "I keep three of these guys in a crowded Peacock Cichlid tank and they've been doing well for years. Not very thematically accurate but they are quick and aggressive feeders and do well. I have actually not succeeded in keeping larger species like P. Gibbiceps alive in the same setup because they don't compete as well for food or something.", (151) javednaik, (152) aryface, (153) Plecomon, (154) Fisk, (155) adelinoarrais, (156) ilansanin, (157) Italian1026 (k: 5), (158) gizulon (k: 2), who also notes: "Ph 6.5 Temp 28 c Soft water 20% change every week Blood worms,nutrafin max,cucumbers", (159) minipol, (160) Rogier (k: 4), (161) Maion, (162) dmfd0331, (163) Grimfilth, (164) danielpblue (k: 6), (165) msafdel, (166) WadeNCreeks, (167) Koi-fantast (k: 2), (168) AMacLeod, (169) francistrus, (170) meck3427, (171) Loc, (172) pan.

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Article - CotM 2004 May
Article - Shane's World Reproduction Keeping and spawning Peckoltia sabaji
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Last Update2015 Mar 11 00:35 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)