Flash Pleco (Panaqolus albivermis)

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Flash Pleco

Flash Pleco

Panaqolus albivermis

57 Litres (15 US G.)

10.2-12.7cm (4-5 ")




6.5 - 8.4

26 -30 °C (78.8-86°F)

3-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

Flash Pleco, L204

Additional scientific names

Panaque sp "L204"


South America: Peru, Rio Alejandro.


Can't be sexed easily when juvenile, but when it begins to mature males develop odontodes on their backs. Females are much more rounded and stockier than more slender males.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A peaceful Pleco as long as you are not another Pleco. They are sociable as juveniles but will become territorial as they mature. Keep with similar-sized peaceful community fish.


Mainly vegetarian. In the aquarium it will eat many prepared vegetables/ algae wafers etc. Also requires wood in it's diet. Animal protein should only be given as a treat, not as a staple diet.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Requires a spacious and well filtered tank combined with plenty of hiding places. Prefers a sand or fine gravel substrate (be careful with sand as it can get kicked up into the filter mechanism) with bogwood décor.


Mostly active at night with aquarium lights off.


An attractive Pleco, it has a brown body with an elongated caudal fin. The body has slender diagonal golden bands across it, as do the fins. This attractive colouration does fade as the fish ages.


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