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Baryancistrus sp. (L047)
Baryancistrus is one of the rarer to find plecs but can be obtained
with a bit of research. This plec is very distinctive with it's olive
green body and yellow tipped dorsal and caudal fins. It makes a great
and unusual addition to a tank for those that lack the facilities to
house the bigger species. The Magnum can grow up to 11" and is always
supplied wild caught which makes for stunning colouration. It can be
expensive, but is an addition most will love.
Listed tank sizes are the minimum
||9 - 11 inches (22.9 - 27.9cm)
||Juveniles and Sub adults (up to 18 months) can be kept in a
30-40G tank but adults must have a minimum of 60G tank.
||Will go everywhere but predominantly bottom. Likes Sand - Medium
||6.5 - 7.5
||dh range 8 - 12dH
||72°F to 80°F (22°-27° C)
Magnum Pleco, Mango Pleco.
South America: Rio Xingu, Brazil.
General Body Form:
Similar to other plecostumus but young tend to be stocky in appearance.
Baryancistrus sp. (L047) is an olive green with stunning yellow tips
on the dorsal and caudal fins.
This plec is a great addition to the standard community tank. It does
require highly oxygenated water and the lack of this can be seen easily
by a reddening around the mouth (this usually returns to normal fairly
quickly with the addition of more surface agitation). As with most plecs
a good filtration system is a must as lots of waste will be produced
as the plec grows. Heavily planted tanks and natural caves with driftwood
As with most other plecs this species is happy with Algae wafers but
really loves a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. This species is
not fussy about it's food, but care must be taken with the young. This
is always a wild caught plec and must be monitored closely for evidence
of feeding as it can take sometime to adjust to a captive life, and
neglected magnums can suffer very quickly. For the young try soft vegetables
such as cucumber first.
An Easy to care for plec, but as with any wild caught plec (fish) initial
care must be taken.
Amazonian river basin, slow - medium currents but quite happy with fast
Not known to have been bred in captivity.