King Tiger Pleco (L066) Hypancistrus sp
Minimum Tank Size:200 litres
Temp (C):22-27 C
Max Size:12 cm
pH:6.5 - 7.5
The King Tiger Plecostomus is also listed as L-066 and L-333 in the Loricariidae listings. Obtaining a maximum size of about 6 inches, this pleco has very distinctive yellow/white banding on the dark body (tiger stripes) and horizontal yellow/white bands in the dorsal fin. The tail fin is sharply forked, with extensions along the fringe rays.
The King Tiger Pleco is found in the rivers of Brazil. The under slung mouth of the pleco acts as a suction devise to hold it in place, and to allow the specialized teeth to rasp algae off of rocks, plants and glass. This makes the pleco one of the best eaters of algae, its primary job in the home aquarium. They require some cover in the form of a rocky cave or large piece of driftwood in which to “hang out” most of the time. The Plecostomus will usually only be active during feeding and at night. Their body is flattened along the abdomen and most have a forked tail fin. The dorsal fin is kept near the body, but can be raised as a display to other fish. The pectoral fins often have small bristles and have thickened first rays.
While their primary diet is algae, they will scavenge other foods and should have their diet supplemented with algae wafers and blanched zucchini spears.
Most plecos will tolerate other plecos in the same aquarium, but there are exceptions, and plenty of hiding places are required. Generally long lived, the pleco can make a great addition as a scavenger in the aquarium.