Max Size: 9cm

Queen Arabesque Plecostomus L260 (Hypancistrus sp)

Queen Arabesque Plecos are generally hardy and peaceful catfish. However, males can be territorial when it comes to guarding their territory, especially against other males of the same species. It would be best if you did not keep these fish with the very aggressive bottom dwellers or other large fish as it may result in them getting left out at feeding time.

The Queen Arabesque Plecos prefer a fast water current. So now and then you may see them in the current of the filter output. A powerhead or two depending on the tank size can easily see to that requirement; however, they can survive without them.

This species is not all that fussy in terms of care, although managing appropriate care in overall tank maintenance will go a long way in keeping these fish happy and healthy.

The Queen Arabesque Plecos have a black and white squiggly pattern over their entire body. They also have small spots scatted about over the body as well as on the dorsal fin. The juveniles tend to have their stripes more spaced out, and as they age, they become more fine striped in appearance.


Queen Arabesque Plecostomus
Queen Arabesque Plecostomus
Quick Facts
Scientific NameHypancistrus sp
Other NamesL260, Scribble pleco
Aquarium LevelBottom
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asPairs
Lifespanup to 10 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH5.5 - 7.5
GH2 - 15
TDS18 - 269
75 - 86℉
23.9 - 30℃

Natural Habitat



In the home aquarium, the Queen Arabesque Plecostomus L260 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.

Tank Mates

1 interesting tank mate ideas for the Queen Arabesque Plecostomus L260 could include:

Congo Tetra(Phenacogrammus interruptus)

Sexual Dimorphism

It is somewhat simple to differentiate the Queen Arabesque Plecos. Males, when fully mature, develop odontodal growths when breeding. Males will also have a higher contrast of colouring as well as thicker primary pectoral rays, and their belly will be patterned. In contrast, females are shorter as well as being wider across the ventral area and have entirely white bellies.

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Date Added: 19/11/2020 - Updated: 22/11/2021 15:55:17