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Scientific NamePanaqolus changae  (Chockley & Armbruster, 2002)
Common NamesL226, Iquitos Tiger Pleco
Tigerkopf-Panaque (Germany)
Type LocalityRío Itaya, río Amazonas drainage, 11 kilometers south-southwest of center of Iquitos at bearing 39 degrees, 3°49'47.6''S, 73°18'2.9''W, Loreto, Peru
Synonym(s)Panaque changae
Pronunciationpan ack oh luss - chan gay
EtymologyPanaqolus: Inelegantly derived from the indigenous term Panaque and in a form that infers a smaller size than that genus. 
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Size 100mm or 3.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
SexingLike all members of the genus, males grow elongated interopercular odontodes during the breeding season. Males develop noticeable odontodes along the dorsum (back of the body) as well. Males develop small pointed genital papillae, whereas mature females will have large, rounded, swollen papillae. Additionally, gravid females have noticeably wider bodies between the pectoral and pelvic fins when viewed from above, compared to males.
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DistributionPeru, Loreto, Rio Itaya, Rio Nanau, Rio Momon
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Itaya (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Momón (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Nanay (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH5.0 - 7.0
Temperature25.0-29.0°C or 77-84.2°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingThis genus feeds on wood, and should have several pieces, preferably several kinds of wood to chew on. Aside from wood, a mainly vegetarian diet is recommended, prepared food such as algae wafers and fresh vegetables, such as courgette (zucchini) and tubers such as potato or sweet potato (yams).
FurnitureRock piles are optional and wood tangles are a must. Plants are not vital and will be nibbled or destroyed.
Suggested TankmatesWorks 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.
BreedingHas been bred in captivity, a cave spawner with a preference for wooden caves.
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ReferencesIchthyol. Explor. Freshwaters v. 13 (no. 1) 83 Fig. 1
Registered Keepers(1) Borbi, (2) lordotterby, (3) CatBrat, (4) pureplecs, (5) Blue (k: 19), who also notes: "Free swimming fru Aug 1st 2007 Feeding of pleco chips and decap bbs shows good growth of F1 with normal deaths as expected. Tank shift lost half the batch leaving me with 15 as of Sept 9th 2007", (6) phaedraeos, (7) Jools (k: 3), (8) emma, (9) NHL, (10) Chris5787, (11) AleGer (k: 2), (12) andi, (13) 2wheelsx2 (p: 3, k: 9), who also notes: "April 13, 1 died of mysterious ailment. No apparent injury, no loss of slime coat, no ich, no visible marks and stomach was normal sized full.", "Added 5 more to my group. Lost one to bloat. Dec. 27, 2010", "Added 4 new adults to replace some losses. Lost 2 after a bought of ich. May have been QuickCure. Stomachs were bloated.", (14) dpk2313, (15) cichlidman16yearsold (k: 6), who also notes: "my first group ", (16) Nat, (17) ElTofi (k: 2), who also notes: "Had bought a 4 fish group in 2011. Gave them away. They were given away further. And I got back 2 of them this week.", (18) plecomanpat (p: 2, k: 2), (19) Yakov_krepak (p: 2), (20) ChanggyChinggy, (21) flatfish, (22) Eric Bodrock (k: 7), who also notes: "Now have a group of 7 fish, adult males are showing signs of spawning and females are heavy.", (23) ScottishFish, (24) Narwhal72, (25) gem400, (26) jvision, (27) Dragonrat, who also notes: "Bought as Peckoltia Vittata", (28) Asset, (29) camtang, (30) LostYeti (k: 5), (31) Coldhands (p: 2, k: 2), (32) GHCHPlecos, (33) nullepigen, (34) catquariauk, (35) DHarris, (36) Rogier (k: 3), (37) JDenman (k: 4), (38) Loc.

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Breeding Reports(1) flatfish (b: 58), (2) AleGer (b: 38), (3) Jools (b: 22), (4) Narwhal72 (b: 22).
Article - CotM 2011 April
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Last Update2013 Jul 18 08:42 (species record created: 2001 Dec 01 00:00)