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 L183 Starlight Pleco

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PostSubject: L183 Starlight Pleco   Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:09 pm

Looking at a possible purchase of this fish for a 30L (36" Length).

I'm on well water with a PH of 7.6.

Ideal conditions seem to favor a much softer ph and black water for this species.

The ones I'm looking at are aquarium strain not wild caught's, so the above may not be a huge factor?

Profiles suggest they stay small at 4" or less.

If you've kept, or have knowledge, of this species please share your experiences.

-- Tracey --
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PostSubject: Re: L183 Starlight Pleco   Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:50 am

Great looking little Pleco. Are they sold locally? I would suspect that they would do very well in your water especially since bred and not wild caught. I would suspect that the lower PH that is shown on Planet Catfish would come more to play in breeding. It seems that the lower PH that most fish seem to require from SA seem to do quite well in our waters.
IMO when the rainy seasons and runoffs that occur in SA certainly cause higher PH levels that don't seem to harm the fish.

I was going to procrastinate today, but I will wait and do it tomorrow.
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PostSubject: Re: L183 Starlight Pleco   Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:27 am

From what I have seen, normal water conditions should be fine for maintenance. Especially if they are Tank Raised. The opinion seems to differ on whether lowering hardness is necessary to trigger breeding.

The L183 is more omnivorous than most Bristle Nose plecos, so they should have some extra protein in their diet. They should be fine with a stable food or a vegetarian diet with high protein supplements.
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