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The Albino Sailfin Plecostomus Catfish represents the albino variant of the common Sailfin Plecostomus Catfish, commonly found in inland river systems across various regions of South America. This species is prevalent in the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon, as well as the Rio Pacaya in Peru, and has been identified in the Rio Orinoco. It goes by several other names such as Sailfin Pleco, Leopard Plecostomus, Gibby, and Spotted Sailfin Pleco.

Sailfin Plecos are characterized by their substantial size and long lifespan. They can reach lengths of about 35cm and boast a lifespan of over 20 years in their natural habitat, with captivity typically yielding a lifespan between 10 to 15 years.

With an elongated, dark brown body featuring armor-clad scales, the Plecos have a large head and small, high-set eyes. Notably, the Sailfin Plecostomus sports a striking dorsal fin, reminiscent of the marine Sailfish, and can be identified by the ray count in its dorsal fin, which exceeds 10 rays. Juveniles share a similar coloration to adults.

This species is relatively low-maintenance, thriving as long as there is an abundance of algae and/or other algae-based foods. It's an excellent choice for beginners, and while water chemistry is not overly critical, maintaining good water quality is essential.

Keep in mind that Sailfin Plecostomus grows rapidly and becomes quite sizable, necessitating a spacious tank as they age. Their diet, though omnivorous, primarily consists of algae. They contribute to algae control in the aquarium without causing harm to plants. Regular feeding supplements, including algae wafers, green foods, and sinking pellets, are recommended to ensure their nutritional needs are met.

The Sailfin Plecostomus is adaptable in terms of water chemistry, but quality is crucial. Given their substantial waste production, efficient filtration and regular water changes (around 10-15% every other week) are necessary to manage the bio-load.

A minimum 400-liter aquarium is advised for the Sailfin Plecostomus, considering their rapid growth. Wood decor is essential, providing them with both a substrate for algae rasping and hiding spots during the day. While they coexist well with most larger fish due to their peaceful nature, territorial tendencies emerge within their own species. Additionally, they may outcompete less social plecos for food.

The Albino Sailfin Plecostomus, scientifically known as Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps "Albino," hails from the Rio Araguaya, an affluent of Tocantins in the Amazon system, located in Arunana, Goias, Brazil.


Species: Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps "Albino"
Common Name: Albino Sailfin Plecostomus
Origin: Rio Araguaya, affluent of Tocantins, Amazon system, Arunana, Goias, Brazil
Diet: Omnivorous
pH Range: Alkaline 6.5 – 7.5
Temperature: Tropical 24-29°C
Breed Type: Egg Layer
Current Size: Approximately 5-6cm (Grows to approximately 35cm)
Sex: Un-sexed

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