Liposarcus pardalis Information & Care

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Fish Type Egg-laying
Fish Family Catfish
Sub Family 1 Armored Suckermouth Catfish
Sub Family 2 Common Plecos
Common Name Liposarcus pardalis
Scientific Name Liposarcus pardalis

The Liposarcus pardalis is a tropical fish known as a Plecostomus belonging to the Armored Catfish family (Loricariidae). It is one of a number of species commonly referred to as the Common Pleco by aquarists. It will grow to a maximum length of 15.75 inches (40 centimeters).

Natively, the Plecos originate in South America in the Amazon River Basin in a tropical climate and prefer water with a 7.0 - 7.5 pH, a water hardness of 10.0 - 20.0 dGH, and a temperature range of 73.4 - 82.4 °F (23.0 - 28.0 °C).

Although normally a bottom-dwelling fish, they have the ability to breath air from surface of the water during dry periods and those in which dissolved oxygen is too low.