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Hemiancistrus subviridis (L200)



    Hemiancistrus subviridis is as ever similar in general shape to most plecs, It as many others is found in the Amazon. This is a wild caught species that can be tricky to find locally as not traded often. The species is very striking with it’s light olive green colour and green – yellow spots on the upper part of the body. Green Phantom’s can grow up to 7″ or so and care should be taken when adding to tanks with other bottom feeders. Thought this species is generally very placid and will bond well with other plec species.

Quick stats:

Listed tank sizes are the minimum
Size: 6 – 7.5inches (15.2 – 19.1cm)
Tank: Juveniles and Sub adults (up to 18 months) can be kept in a 30G tanks Adults should be kept in upwards of 50G tanks
Strata: Will go everywhere but predominantly bottom. Likes Sand – Fine Gravel.
PH: 6.0 – 7.8
Hardness: dh range 4 – 17dH
Temperature: 72°F to 77°F (22°-25° C), Though are kept without issue at 26 / 2725°C , 70-81°F


Order: Siluriformes
Family: Loricariidae
Genera: Hemiancistrus
Species: Subviridis

Common name:


Green Phantom Plec

    , Lemon Spotted Green Pleco, Green Pleco


    South America: Rio Orinoco and Rio Casiquiare drainages in Venezuela.

General Body Form:

    Similar to most other plecostumus, however the dorsal fin has 10+ rays (the individual spikes within the fin).


    Hemiancistrus Subviridis is a light olive green colour with green – yellow spots located from the head extending to half way down the length of the fish.


    The Green Phantom is an excellent addition to a community aquarium and can be housed with most community fish. As with all plecs, care is needed if housed with other plecs, Strong filtration along with regular water changes is required due to the waste plecs produce. This plec thrives in fast flowing currents, but adapts readily to slower moving waters as found in most home aquaria.


    As with most other plecs this species is happy with Algae wafers but really loves a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. This species will tend to eat mostly overnight, I would suggest soft vegetables as an introduction to fresh food for this plec.


    An Easy to care for plec, but as with any wild caught plec initial care must be taken


    Found most frequently in cracks and empty spaces or gaps of granitic rocks in flowing water


    Not known to have been bred in captivity.


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