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Scientific NamePeckoltia vittata  (Steindachner, 1882)
Common NamesL015, Candy Striped Pleco
Bolsjemalle (Denmark), Xingu-Peckoltia (Germany)
Type LocalityAmazon R., Tajapouru, Xingu near Moz Port, R. Madeira
Synonym(s)Chaetostomus vittatus, Peckoltichthys kuhlmanni
Pronunciationpeck OLE tea ah - vi tat ah
EtymologyPeckoltia: named after Gustavo Peckolt, member of the Natural History Commission of Rondon. This specific epithet literally means decorated with a ribbon(vittata=decorated with a ribbon) and refers to the bands of colour on its body.
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Size 100mm or 3.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThis fish, often labelled 'Candy Striped Peckoltia' has often been confused in hobby literature with the fish we now know as Panaque maccus, the clown pleco [For example, Baensch Atlas Vol. 1 has a picture of Panaque maccus with the label Peckoltia vittata next to it]. As with most Loricariids, colouration depends on mood.
SexingMales develop small teeth-like odontodes which adorn the leading pectoral fin rays and the back half of the fishes body. Females remain unadorned and have a wider girth across the body most evident when the area just behind the pectoral fins is viewed from above.
General RemarksL15 was collected in Brazil in the Rio Xingú at Altamira.
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DistributionSouth America: Amazonas Basin, Middle and Lower Amazonas Basin.
Amazon, Lower Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes) (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (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 ParametersdH range 2-20.
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FeedingOmnivorous with a tendency towards meaty foods. Not an effective algae eater. Well fed individuals will not damage most plants.
FurnitureRock piles and wood tangles. Plants are not vital.
CompatibilityPeaceful if a little territorial. As a rough guide give each fish a 12 inch square area well broken up with decorations.
Suggested TankmatesA medium sized pleco that can be combined with a very wide array of tankmates due to its unfussy nature. Perfectly safe with small fishes and shrimp or robust enough to withstand the attention of all but the largest cichlids.
BreedingHas been bred in captivity. Follow details in Shane's World article.
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ReferencesDenkschr. Akad. Wiss. Wien v. 43 115 [15] Pl. 2 (figs. 5-5a)
Registered Keepers(1) MatsP, (2) plecoready, (3) Trident2004, (4) Tuti, (5) vriesea, who also notes: "L015 Bought 2 from Mainly Cichlids. No notice of spines, probably two females. One died within 2 months, hollow belly.", (6) stang1 (k: 2), (7) LoL, (8) henkhugo, (9) nettaigyo, (10) Teelie, who also notes: "Straggler found at PetCo with almost no belly to speak of. Brought back to health and now lives peacefully with some C. panda and C. trilineatus and some other peaceful fish.", (11) mzavori, (12) Owch, (13) Cooky_luvs, (14) Terrorblade90 (k: 2), who also notes: "A peaceful nocturnal fish, thath love hidden himself out woods and rocks", (15) prutsprogrammeur (k: 2), (16) Helmut, (17) Selveste_Preben (k: 3), (18) rosemarydawn, (19) wheel1, (20) simonas, (21) Zebadee (k: 3), (22) loloveto, (23) greg61, (24) LUISGOREY, (25) DrNo, (26) griffl, who also notes: "Nice Pleco but I wanted a more active cat so I got my second Pictus.", (27) Crel, (28) norfolkgarden, who also notes: "3 inches. bright white and dark black with large bands like in image 13. Hoping it wont fade to light and dark brown like the butterfly L168 did. (Update, still perfect colors 4 weeks later) ", (29) Waterboy, (30) danielvisciano, (31) Rafael_BR, (32) novice (k: 2), (33) BIGMINTON, (34) smsjazz81, (35) Wgm (k: 2), (36) Toad, (37) Raz, (38) jha61, (39) jemslie, (40) royaldragoness, (41) fleahound, (42) upc239, (43) ablank (k: 3), (44) omendey, (45) ofird, (46) h2opleco, (47) Janne Josefsson, (48) buller42 (k: 19), (49) nvcichlids, (50), (51) Syokoy, (52) Elisabeth Dahl (k: 10), (53) drpleco (k: 9), (54) doras, (55) yos.sho, (56) PlecoCrazy (k: 6), (57) Mike C, (58) oli (k: 2), (59) darkruse, (60) gr8plecos, (61) tinamoubird (p: 2), (62) Nazrat, who also notes: "Fish is laying out in the open and not moving much. No signs of eating. Dropped shrimp pellets nearby that were gone in the morning. Has not left a 6 inch area in a 55g tank.", (63) plecomanpat (p: 2, k: 3), (64) Sam (k: 2), (65) ChanggyChinggy, (66) DJ-don (k: 5), (67) crazycat lady, (68) Ecrevince (p: 2, k: 14), (69) arapaimag, who also notes: "Long lived fish. I only bought one so that I can accurately measure its life. It is in it's 32nd year in my care.", (70) Starfish42, (71) Skägget (p: 3), (72) xakkan, (73) Apostolis, (74) eyal8a, (75) leberruyer (p: 2), (76) cassie_86, (77) SonoAngel, who also notes: "Probably female. too timid to look closely", (78) Syno Rey, (79) Fruityscone (p: 2), (80) davebond, (81) pereli, (82) hullensien, (83) Bellady, (84) Cristoffer Forssander (p: 3), (85) backstreetgambler (k: 2), (86) BudgetFish, (87) SPTom, (88) XgreenX, (89) rasaabt (k: 2), (90) Travis Webb (k: 2), (91) Wijnbelevenis, (92) Bjørn, (93) kent1971, (94) Rummage, (95) rizla75, (96) Lorenzo, (97) junglejason (p: 2), (98) Ozboy (k: 3), (99) Milan, (100) Coldhands, (101) Marcelo Antunes, (102) Lozza64 (k: 3), (103) labyazilim (k: 3), (104) Kingfisher, (105) LostYeti (k: 2), (106) evojoey, (107) Kasaraset, (108) PlecosAndLoaches, (109) Jost (k: 10), (110) crulle, (111) Truls warhuus, (112) snapeey, (113) pleco171182 (k: 3), (114) PurecoYSS, who also notes: "Probable female. Possibly a similar species.", (115) Koen (k: 2), (116) Junglejason, (117) Phreeflow, (118) cicrush13 (k: 4), (119) Sabaji, (120) Lutt, (121) inetpablo, (122) Koi-fantast (k: 19), (123) fishiephil, (124) timpz, (125) Fundulopanchax76 (k: 2), (126) dpfs, (127) KeXx, (128) lucas_guri, (129) Taja, (130) dmfd0331, (131) Jakesilvester1996, (132) davidwai88.

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Breeding Reports(1) Cristoffer Forssander (b: 10), (2) Koi-fantast (b: 10), (3) john82 (b: 9), (4) Lutt (b: 9).
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