L128 Blue Phantom Pleco
L128 Blue Phantom Pleco (Hemiancistrus Specie)
Native Location: South America
Maximum Size: 19cm (7.5 inches)
Temperature Range: 21 – 25.5℃(70 – 78℉)
Preferred pH Range: 6.0 – 7.0
Minimum Aquarium Size: 75L ( 20 gallons)
Potential Tankmates: Tetras
Care Level: Intermediate
It's always a great idea to invest in wee fish that love to suck up algae. They are fun to watch swim around; they may show aggressive tendencies, but only toward other plecos.
Blue Phantoms will enjoy a rounded diet that includes both meat and vegetables. They will feed on the algae in your tank, but it will not be enough to sustain them, so you need to supplement their food with nutrient-rich pellet or flake foods. Blue Phantoms will be friendly with almost any other freshwater fish of a similar size, but they will need space to feel alone. Avoid putting Blue Phantoms together as they will not get along and become defensive. Unlike fish who will not eat algae, you will want to allow your tank, between water changes, to accumulate algae. Phantoms will feed on this, and it should mean you will clean your tank less.
When caring for Blue Phantoms, consider investing in a thermometer or water heater to ensure your aquarium is maintained at the ideal temperature for these critters. They will need a lot of free room to swim around in, and you will most likely find that they tend to swim from one end of the tank to another rapidly. They will need rocks or driftwood to hide under, moderate lighting and a sandy substrate. Vegetation would be a good addition, but plants like Java moss will become a snack for Blue Phantoms.
Females will appear rounder in the belly when compared to males from above. As cave spawners, it can be a mission to get Blue Phantoms to breed. However for the optimal chance of success, you should pair one male with a few females. With more than one male in a breeding tank, they will become aggressive toward each other.
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