These fish are often kept by aquarists as they are dutiful algae-eaters and smaller in adult size than the common plecos usually seen in petshops. Size is up to 15 cm (male), 12 cm (female), recommended temperature 23-27 degrees Celsius, lifespan up to 12 years. They are hardy animals, tolerant to a wide range of water conditions, breeding easily in captivity, compatible with most other freshwater fish, though typically mottled brown or black-and-grey spotted in color, other species are more exotic spots of bright yellow on a dark background being a common patternation, albino variants are also common.

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Eastbourne Road (A22), Newchapel

Near Lingfield

Surrey RH7 6HL

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