Galaxy Plecostomus L029 (Leporacanthicus galaxias)
Galaxy Plecos are good looking and peaceful towards most other fish, making them good members of a community aquarium. However, males can be territorial and aggressive towards each other or similar-looking species. You can house Galaxy Plecos with most small to medium community fish, including Tetras, Barbs, medium-sized Cichlids and Catfish. However, it would be best to avoid other larger bottom-dwelling species due to the territorial conflicts.
The ideal aquarium setup for Galaxy Plecos would be a large well filtered, and clean aquarium with a sandy substrate. Adding some driftwood, bogwood, and rocks will help replicate their natural habitat and provide hiding places if they need them.
Although not essential, these Plecos prefer dim lighting; however, the water must be highly oxygenated and have a good current. Powerheads or large airstones will achieve this. In addition, an efficient filter is required to deal with the considerable amount of waste these Plecos produce.
Galaxy Plecos have black bodies; however, some individuals may have dark grey or even brownish coloured bodies. In addition, these Plecos have small white or yellowish spots covering their entire body and fins.
|Scientific Name||Leporacanthicus galaxias|
|Other Names||Tusken Pleco, Vampire Pleco|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Pairs|
|Lifespan||10 - 15 years|
|PH||5.5 - 7.0|
|GH||1 - 10|
|72 - 79℉|
22.2 - 26.1℃
In the home aquarium, the Galaxy Plecostomus L029 will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.
Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.
It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.
This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.
It is relatively straightforward to differentiate between male and female Galaxy Plecos. Males typically have a longer and broader head than females and a more prominent dorsal fin. Males also possess more odontodes than females, and their colours are bolder. In contrast, females lack the odontodes, have slightly smaller heads and are somewhat duller than males.