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The Tankei Pleco, scientifically known as Panaqolus tankei, is a captivating and unique freshwater fish species that adds a touch of beauty and intrigue to any aquarium. With its striking coloration and distinct patterns, the Tankei Pleco is a sought-after choice among aquarists.


The Tankei Pleco features a robust and elongated body shape with a base coloration ranging from dark brown to black. Its body is adorned with intricate patterns of light spots or small white dots, creating a visually stunning appearance. They can grow to a size of around 5-6 inches, making them suitable for medium-sized aquariums.


Known for their peaceful nature, Tankei Plecos are ideal for community tanks with compatible tank mates. They appreciate a well-planted aquarium with plenty of hiding spots provided by caves, driftwood, or rock formations. Creating a natural environment that mimics their native habitat will help them thrive.


Feeding the Tankei Pleco is relatively easy as they are omnivorous. They will readily accept a variety of foods, including high-quality sinking pellets, algae wafers, and occasional live or frozen foods such as bloodworms or brine shrimp. Including vegetable matter in their diet is important, and they have a natural affinity for wood, which can be provided in the form of driftwood.


Water Parameters:

  • Temperature: 75-82°F
  • pH: 6.0-7.5
  • Hardness: 5-15 dGH


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.

Tankei/ Panaque Pleco (L398)

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