Clown Pleco - L103 - Panaque maccus
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Clown Plecos are a unique species of pleco from the Caroni and Apure River basins that are notable for their small size and their striking dark brown and cream striped patterning.
This variety of pleco grows to a maximum size of 3.5" to 4", making it a much more appropriate addition to the average aquarium than common plecos which grow to well over a foot long. They are hardy and peaceful, though they do prefer clean water, and may be territorial with other pleco species. They are generally safe with live plants, making a great option for algae control in moderate sized tanks of 20 gallons or more.
Clown Plecos, juveniles especially, primarily consume algae found in the aquarium. As they approach adulthood, they become more omnivorous and will consume uneaten food off the aquarium floor. If there is insufficient algae present, it's recommended to offer them Algae Wafers or zucchini slices. As with other pleco species, it's important to supply driftwood for them to graze on.