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The L226 Iquitos Tiger Pleco, scientifically known as Panaqolus sp. "L226," is an alluring freshwater catfish admired for its distinctive coloration and captivating appearance. This pleco species adds both elegance and interest to aquariums, making it a popular choice among enthusiasts.



  • Average Size: 4-5 inches
  • Max Size: Up to 5 inches
  • Tank Size Required: 30 gallons or larger


Temperament: The L226 Iquitos Tiger Pleco is generally peaceful but can exhibit territorial behavior, especially during breeding. Provide hiding spots and structures to create a secure environment.


Unique Traits: Distinguished by its intricate tiger-like stripes and vibrant coloration, the Iquitos Tiger Pleco stands out for its captivating and visually striking appearance. It has a streamlined body, a flattened profile, and a sucker mouth characteristic of plecos.


Origin: Native to South America, the L226 Iquitos Tiger Pleco is found in the Iquitos region in Peru.


Other Names:

  • Panaqolus sp. "L226"
  • Tiger Pleco


Care Level: Moderate


Diet: The Iquitos Tiger 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 L226 Iquitos Tiger Pleco is characterized by its intricate tiger-like stripes, creating a visually appealing contrast. The body is flat and elongated, typical of plecos, and it has a distinctive sucker mouth. As they mature, the tiger patterns become more pronounced.


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."

L226 Iquitos Tiger Pleco

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