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Leopard Cactus Pleco L600 / LDA73

Aquarium Bred and Raised

Pseudacanthicus leopardus

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Natural Range: Rupununi River, Guyana

Source: Aquarium Bred and Raised

Estimated size at shipping: 2.5-3"

Max Size: around 15-16"

Sold as: Unsexed


Cactus plecos are beautiful and their multitude of spines make them interesting to observe...cactus indeed! Cactus plecos are hardy and easy to keep if given adequate space, lots of food, and clean water. These fish are quite attractive with a bold leopard pattern and bright orange coloration on the dorsal and caudal fin. . While peaceful towards community fish, they can be ornery towards each other when mature, especially the males. However, if plenty of hiding places and food is available, they can be kept in numbers.

Setup Considerations:

These fish's natural environments are full of rocks with lots of crevices and caves. These fish each claim a cave and retire to it to rest and escape threats. When threatened, they squeeze in tight, expand their bodies, and spread their fins to avoid being dislodged. They also use these caves as spawning sites. In our aquariums, providing lots of cave options for our plecos helps them feel secure. The caves should be small enough to be a somewhat snug fit. If appropriate caves are not provided, the plecos are likely to experience prolonged stress which will compromise their health. If insufficient caves are provided, these plecos will continuously battle for the best homes and can do serious damage to each other. So, for happy plecos, provide several cave options so each individual fish can find a satisfactory home to claim as their own.

Like the Hypancistrus plecos, these generally come from swiftly flowing waters that are clean and rich in oxygen. In our aquariums, they appreciate high flow and require clean, well oxygenated water in order to thrive. They also like warm water preferring the low to mid 80's F. In this warm water, oxygen saturation is compromised, so water movement and clean water become especially important in order to keep enough oxygen available for these plecos.

Diet: Carnivore

Cactus plecos are carnivores. These fish will only eat sinking foods, which they rasp from the floor of the tank. They appreciate meaty frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms. They also enjoy rasping on large sinking pellets and wafers. Even though they are carnivores, they do need some veggies in their diet to balance things out. Ours readily consume algae wafers as well as zucchini cut into 1/4" coins and stuck on a fork so it sinks.

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Location: Wyoming, United States

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