Orinoco angel pleco, also known as the snowball pleco is an uncommon freshwater pleco that displays a striking pattern and stays a very manageable size! It is a member of the Loricariidae family of South American suckermouth catfishes.
Orinoco Angel Pleco can do well in a tank of 75L or larger. However, it depends on the size of your pleco. Also, if you want to set up a community tank, you have to increase the tank size.
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Pleco can be kept in community tanks but are territorial towards their own species. They are peaceful towards other peaceful smaller species. If keeping multiple together, ensure plenty of space and provide caves and territories for each to claim.
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Feed the Orinoco Angel Pleco a diet heavy in both meaty and vegetable matter, including high-quality vegetable flakes, sinking algae wafers, and pellets. Meaty foods such as bloodworms are definitely necessary for this species. Vegetables such as zucchini can be fed once a week. Although omnivores, they will prefer more of a carnivorous diet.
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Water quality is vital. This fish produces a large amount of waste, so an excellent filter is essential. Cannister filters are a great option for medium to large aquariums. Ensure your filter has an adequate flow rate for your aquarium size.
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This pleco enjoys temperatures between 25 - 28° C. To manage stable water temperatures, we recommend installing a reliable aquarium heater and always monitor with an additional thermometer.
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There are no strict cultivars that these fish prefer. So, get creative and add a variety of plants that fit this environment. Floating plants or large-leaved plants like java fern are all good choices for your pleco tank. Pleco's enjoy shaded areas and places to hide, this makes them feel safe.
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These cave-dwellers will appreciate a replication of their natural habitat, and that means you have the option of adding rock structures, pleco caves, and driftwood. Creating caves enables your fish to feel safe and claim territory.
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These fish enjoy lower light levels with lots of shade and dark spaces to hide. If keeping live plants, they will need sufficient light to grow.
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Aquarium sand is ideal for plecos as they are bottom dwellers and will forage through substrate for food. If you prefer to use gravel, use a smooth and rounded gravel to protect their bodies.
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