L168 Butterfly Pleco (Dekeyseria Picta) - Tank Bred
Aquatic Marvels Unveiled: The Allure of Tank-Bred L168 Butterfly Plecos
Unveil the allure of the L168 Butterfly Pleco, scientifically termed Dekeyseria picta, now available in a tank-bred variant. This exceptional Plecostomus species epitomizes elegance and visual intrigue, offering a hardy and resilient addition to your freshwater aquarium. Known for its remarkable adaptive abilities, this catfish is a true master of camouflage, capable of swift chameleon-like color changes. When situated on a dark substrate, it adopts a near-black hue, while on a lighter substrate, it presents a charming striped pattern during daylight. Moreover, this species undergoes a distinct change in coloration from night to day, with adults displaying differing hues from juveniles.
Populations in more southerly regions tend to exhibit clearer and more defined stripes, with a base color showcasing a comparatively richer orange tone when contrasted. Interestingly, this species has been cataloged in many hobbyist books under its previous name, Peckoltia pulcher.
What we like about this fish
Chameleon of Colors: Admire its impressive color-changing abilities, adapting from near-black on dark substrates to displaying charming striped patterns on lighter ones.
Distinctive Adaptability: Witness the intriguing transformation from night to day, showcasing differing hues in adults and juveniles.
Rich, Varied Stripes: Populations in southern regions often exhibit more vividly separated stripes and a distinctive base color, showcasing deeper orange tones.
- Temperature: 75°F - 82°F (24°C - 28°C) for optimal health and activity.
- pH: 6.5 - 7.5 (flexible as long as sudden changes are avoided)
- KH: 6 - 10 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 30 gallons
Lighting: While not as critical, provide moderate ambient lighting to support a natural day-night cycle, but avoid excessive brightness.
Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to South America.
Diet: Offer a varied diet with high-quality sinking pellets, algae wafers, and occasional treats like blanched vegetables or live/frozen foods.
Growth Rate: Considered to have a moderate growth rate under suitable aquarium conditions.
Average Adult Size: 5.5" (140mm)
- Average purchase size: 2-2.5" (50.8- 63.5mm)
These care guidelines will help create an optimal environment for the L168 Butterfly Pleco, ensuring their health and well-being within your aquarium.