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The Clown Pleco, also known as the Panaqolus maccus, is a species of catfish that is native to South America. They are commonly found in the Amazon and Orinoco River basins.


Care for the Clown Pleco is relatively easy, but they do require a specific set of conditions to thrive. They prefer a well-maintained aquarium with plenty of hiding places and vegetation. The minimum tank size recommended for one or two Clown Plecos is 20 gallons. They are typically not aggressive towards other fish and can be kept with other peaceful species.


The Clown Pleco is a small species, reaching a maximum size of around 4 inches (10 cm). They are omnivorous and will eat a variety of foods, including sinking pellets, algae wafers, and fresh vegetables. It is recommended to supplement their diet with live or frozen foods such as bloodworms or brine shrimp.


Distinct features of the Clown Pleco include their unique pattern of black and white spots on their body, which gives them a clown-like appearance. Their coloration can vary slightly depending on their origin, but they generally have a dark brown or black base color with white spots.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • gH: 4-14
  • kH: 1-5
  • TDS: 80-200 ppm
  • Temperature: 75-82°F (24-28°C)


Please note that these values are general guidelines and may vary based on the specific needs of your individual Clown Pleco. For more accurate information, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care.

Clown Pleco

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