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The Red Eye Sailfin Pleco, also known as Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps, is a stunning freshwater fish species originating from South America. They are a popular choice for aquarists due to their unique appearance, active nature, and ease of care.


The Red Eye Sailfin Pleco can grow up to 18 inches in length, but typically only reach around 12 inches in captivity. They require a minimum tank size of 75 gallons, with plenty of hiding places and a strong filtration system to handle their waste. They are peaceful fish and can be kept with other non-aggressive species.


These herbivores require a diet rich in vegetable matter, including algae wafers, spirulina flakes, and fresh vegetables such as zucchini and cucumber. It's important to provide a varied diet to ensure they receive all the necessary nutrients for optimal health.


The Red Eye Sailfin Pleco's unique characteristic is their stunning red eyes, which contrast beautifully against their dark body and white spots. They also have a large sail-like dorsal fin that they use for display purposes during courtship.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • gH: 8-12
  • kH: 6-10
  • TDS: 100-300
  • Temperature: 73-82°F


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 are always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care.

Red Eye Sailfin Pleco

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