Max Size: 8cm

Gold Stripe Tiger Panaque (Panaqolus sp)

The Gold Stripe Tiger Panaque is somewhat popular in the aquarium hobby due to its availability, attractiveness, peaceful demeanour and hardiness. However, males can be slightly quarrelsome over food and territories. Therefore, these Plecos are ideally suited to the more active community tank.

These Plecos will co-exist fine with their own kind as well as with fish that prefer slightly higher temperatures; Tetras, Dwarf Cichlids, Hatchet Fish, Pencilfish, Rainbowfish and Corydoras Catfish all make perfect inhabitants.

The Gold Stripe Tiger Panaque is ideally suited to an average-sized aquarium, providing that a few essential requirements are met. The water in the aquarium should be well established with a substrate of small smooth gravel or sand, and it will also need to contain plenty of driftwood or bogwood, as this forms a necessary part of their diet. These Plecos will require many private retreats created from the bogwood and smooth rocks so that they will feel comfortable during the day.

These Plecos do not enjoy light that is too bright, so it would be best to make sure they have plenty of shaded areas constructed with driftwood and caves as well as some floating plants, as this will help diffuse the light. You can include robust plants such as Java Fern and Anubias; however, avoid soft-leaved or delicate plants as these will be eaten or uprooted.

You should always maintain excellent water conditions using a powerful filtration system that can cope with the amount of wood waste, and you will need a good current. A high oxygenation level will benefit the fish and may even entice them into breeding.

The Gold Stripe Tiger Panaque has a light brownish-gold body contrasted with thick black bands that run from the upper body to the lower body. These bands start small on their snout, then get more significant on the rest of the body, and do not join each side of the fish. In addition, their fins have the same pattern as the body.

Quick Facts
Scientific NamePanaqolus sp
Year Described1992
Other NamesL169, Gold Stripe Panaque, LDA001, Rio Negro Tiger Pleco, Golden Stripe Pleco
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 5+
ReproductionCave spawning
Lifespan8 - 12 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 7.5
GH5 - 15
KH0 - 5
76 - 86℉
24.4 - 30℃


Gold Stripe Tiger Plecostomus
Gold Stripe Tiger Plecostomus

Natural Habitat

The Gold Stripe Tiger Panaque is endemic to the Rio Negro in Brazil in South America. These Plecos inhabit fast-flowing tannin-stained waters submerged with bogwood and driftwood, where they graze on biological organisms growing on the wood.


The Gold Stripe Tiger Panaque is classed as an omnivore; however, they are mainly wood-eating herbivores that eagerly consume various vegetable matter.

Although these Plecos eat some crustaceans and insect larvae in their natural environment which you can add to their diet, too much live food and not enough vegetarian foods may cause serious health problems.

You can give these Plecos live foods such as brine shrimp, Mysis shrimp and grindal worm once in a while, but you should not feed them this as their staple diet except when conditioning the fish for breeding as it helps the female to mature her eggs.

Sexual Dimorphism

It can be somewhat challenging to differentiate between the male and female Gold Stripe Tiger Panaque for the lesser experienced fish keeper. However, males are usually slightly larger than females and possess a wide head and odontodes behind their gill covers, on the posterior part of their body, and their pectoral spines; these are much shorter than the females. In contrast, females are rounder in the ventral region and are usually slightly smaller than males.


The Gold Stripe Tiger Panaques are cave spawners that have been bred successfully in an aquarium environment many times.

Performing a profound water change with an overnight temperature drop will often trigger your plecos into spawning. Spawning usually occurs after a male and female pair off from a group and select a cave that the male guards against all challengers. Then, the male will actively swim in and out of the cave until spawning is complete.

The female will lay a batch of around 50 yellow eggs in the cave, and the male will then stand guard at the cave's entrance until the eggs hatch, which usually takes about 6 or 7 days. During this entire process, the male does not appear to eat.

The Pleco babies are miniature replicas of the adults and eat the same food. However, if you are breeding these Plecos in a community tank with other fish, raising them in a separate tank or a breeder box inside the aquarium is highly recommended to ensure they get enough food to develop.

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Date Added: 28/07/2022 10:37:32 - Updated: 28/07/2022 12:27:10