Name: Pseudacanthicus leopardus
Origin: Rupununi River (Guyana)
These guys are beautiful. I have two in my tank. They get quite large though. Mine like to hang out in the root wood I have in the tank. They are a more carnivorous pleco and mine love blood worms. They're either eating blood worms or hanging out chewing on wood.
Somewhat aggressive to its own kind, but if aquarium is large enough and consists of lots of driftwood for them to grasp on then is should be OK.
I purchased my first one in 1993 and kept it until 2006. It grew from 5 cm to 23 cm in that time. I hardly saw it, but it was undemanding. I just purchased four juveniles, which are being kept together. Each has its own hiding spot in the tank. They were initially very shy and would only come out after lights out. After a few weeks, anytime I put food in the tank, at least one of them comes out to feed, even with the lights on. They are still rather skittish and dash back into their hiding spots at any sign of movement, but at least I get to see them.
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