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The L029 Vampire Pleco, scientifically known as Leporacanthicus galaxias, is an intriguing and sought-after freshwater catfish that adds both uniqueness and allure to aquariums. Recognized for its distinct coloration and distinctive appearance, the Vampire Pleco is a prized species among catfish enthusiasts.



  • Average Size: 10-12 inches
  • Max Size: Up to 12 inches
  • Tank Size Required: 75 gallons or larger


Temperament: The L029 Vampire Pleco is generally peaceful but can be territorial, especially during breeding. Provide hiding spots and structures to create a secure environment and minimize territorial disputes.


Unique Traits: Distinguished by its dark coloration, intricate patterns, and long, bristle-like extensions on its snout, the Vampire Pleco earns its name from its captivating and mysterious appearance. It has a robust build, a flattened body, and a sucker mouth characteristic of plecos.


Origin: Native to South America, the L029 Vampire Pleco is found in river systems across Brazil.


Other Names:

  • Leporacanthicus galaxias
  • Galaxy Pleco


Care Level: Moderate


Diet: The Vampire Pleco is primarily herbivorous, and its diet should include high-quality sinking pellets, spirulina-based foods, and fresh vegetables such as zucchini and cucumber. Supplement their diet with occasional protein-rich foods like high-quality pellets or frozen brine shrimp.


Characteristics and Looks: The L029 Vampire Pleco is characterized by its dark coloration, intricate patterns, and bristle-like extensions on its snout. These features contribute to its mysterious and alluring appearance. As they mature, the patterns become more pronounced, creating a visually striking display.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • gH (General Hardness): 5-15 dGH
  • kH (Carbonate Hardness): 3-10 dKH
  • Temperature: 76-82°F


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."

L029 Vampire Pleco

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