Cat-eLog Right Loricariidae Right Hypostominae Right Panaqolus

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Scientific Name Panaqolus sp. (L271)   
Common Names L271, Red Flame Pleco
Rød Flammesugemalle (Denmark)
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. 
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Size 120mm or 4.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Similar to L002 and LDA01. It differs from these by achieving a bigger adult size and having wider and more reticulated black head lines.
Sexing Males have longer pectoral and interopercular odontodes, they also grow plate odontodes at the base of the caudal peduncle. Females are a bit rounder in the ventral region.
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Distribution L271 was said to originate from the Rio Tapajos, Para State, Brazil when it first appeared in DATZ. However, it has been much more recently verified / collected from the neighbouring Curuá-Una. It is possible that an assumption was made as to its origin and either it is restricted to the Curuá-Una or is found there and the Tapajos too.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tapajós (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Curuá Una (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.6 - 7.6
Temperature 23.0-28.0°C or 73.4-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding These are wood eating Loricariidae. They accept vegetables and commercially prepared food such as Spirulina tabs. Animal protein such as bloodworms and suchlike can be given once in a while but should not be the main diet, except when conditioning the female to breeding when it helps them to mature eggs.
Furniture Fine sand, a lot of driftwood, slate caves and bamboo.
Compatibility Not overly territorial - a good citizen.
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 Yet to be recorded but surely a cave spawner.
Breeding Reports There is but a single breeding report, read it here.
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Reference DATZ: 11/1998, p 686.
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Last Update 2022 Jan 19 11:52 (species record created: 2001 May 05 00:00)