Queen Arabesque Pleco
Queen Arabesque Pleco
Hypancistrus sp. L260
Native Location: Rio Tapajos, Northern Brazil
Maximum Size: 9cm
Temperature Range: 24-30℃ (75.2-86℉)
Preferred pH Range: 5.5 - 7.5
Minimum Aquarium: 90cm x 30cm for a single Pleco
Tankmates: Cardinal Tetras, Guppies and Apistogramma
Care Level: Easy
The Queen Arabesque Pleco can be found in the faster-flowing sections of the Rio Tapajos. Sadly their natural habitat is under threat of destruction due to the potential hydroelectric power station construction. Wild-caught specimens could be a thing of the past. Captive breeding of this Pleco species is not difficult which means we can enjoy this gorgeous fish for many years to come.
Setting up an aquarium for them is a straightforward process. With the same requirements as most Amazon basin fish species, the Queen Arabesque Pleco is best suited to a setup with a soft sandy substrate covered in various leaves, cones and seed pods. Include many hiding places by using bogwood and stones and decorate with many plants. The use of powerheads can help create adequate flow and a reliable filtration system is a must. Fish that live in faster-flowing rivers have a low tolerance to pollutants. By using a good filter and extra powerheads and larger water changes we can provide the best possible aquarium conditions.
When considering other tankmates, the best option is to house a male with 2 or 3 females in an aquarium themselves. However, if you are looking to keep this pleco in your community tank, their ideal tankmates are small, peaceful species that mostly remain in the upper levels of the water. Small cichlid species such as Apistogramma can be considered but avoid pairs to prevent any aggressive behaviour.
Allowing a thin layer of algae to grow on the surface of any stones or wood will promote natural grazing behaviours but the provision of high protein food is much more important. The Queen Arabesque Pleco will enjoy foods such as bloodworm or brine shrimp. You can also provide these high protein foods in frozen form. Using feeding tongs can help insure they receive the right amount of food. Especially when housed in a community tank with other fish who can out-compete them for dinner. Like most other Pleco species, dry foods like algae pellets or high protein granules will be accepted willingly.
Breeding Queen Arabesque Plecos is not difficult. Setting up a dedicated aquarium is advised. One male with 3 females will reduce aggress and increase the chance of success. To stimulate breeding we must simulate their spawning season and to do this simply increase the water temperature to close to 28C and add a small air stone to oxygenate the water. This will cause the female to fill with eggs. At this point, your male will begin to chase a female and trap her in a cave to spawn. Once a successful spawn has taken place, the male will protect the eggs until the young are free-swimming. There is no need to remove any parents during the process.
All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, we treat for any health issues that may occur during transport and ensure each fish is eating well and looking healthy. All fish are treated with Flubendazole before finally going on sale.