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Scientific Name Panaqolus sp. (L448)   
Common Names LDA067, Clown Pleco
L448, LDA068
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 110mm or 4.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification L448 replaces Panaque maccus in the Llanos drainages south of the Rio Meta. They appear to be two distinct species, as opposed to regional colour variations, as both are found together where their ranges overlap. L448 has stripes on the face when juvenile, which is only present in adult P. maccus.
Sexing Males develop small teeth-like odontodes which adorn the leading pectoral fin rays and the back half of the fishes body. Females remain unadourned and have a wider girth across the body most evident when the area just behind the pectoral fins is viewed from above.
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Distribution Llanos drainages south of the Rio Meta, Venezuela.
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 fish, the tank should be decorated with several different types of driftwood. These fish really like to have something to chew on and squash, cucumber, and other vegetables should be readily available to them (yams are a favourite). Supplement two to three times weekly with frozen foods.
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Compatibility Peaceful if a little territorial. As a rough guide give each fish a 12 inch square area well broken up with decorations.
Suggested Tankmates Other loricariids, small cichlids and tetras. In a small tank (15-20 gallons) add a school of small tetras.
Breeding Cave spawner.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Last Update 2015 May 14 04:07 (species record created: 2001 Nov 17 00:00)