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This guide covers everything you need to know about Rubber Lip Plecos; Care, Water requirements, tank size, ideal diet, and more!
Rubber Lip Plecos: Short Profile
|Detail||Rubber Lip Plecos Details|
|Scientific name||Chaetostoma milesi|
|Common names||Striped Pleco, Blonde Pleco|
|Tank Size||greater than 25 gallons|
|Tank Type||Freshwater Tank|
|Water pH||6.7- 8.0|
|Temperature||72°F to 80°F|
Rubber Lip Plecos: Gallery
Rubber Lip Plecos: Complete Profile
|Feature||Rubber Lip Plecos Details|
|Occurrence||Rubber Lip Plecos are natives of South American rivers and streams.|
The Rubber Lip Pleco is found in South American river basins, The Apuré River, and the Rio Magdalena. These rivers are cold ones, and the temperature of the water drops consecutively; this is why the fish is also known as cold water pleco.
Rubber Lipped Plecos are usually conserved at community aquariums because of their peaceful nature.
|Appearance||Rubber lip plecos have a wide mouth and some snouts, and their eyes are quite elevated near the top of their head.|
Their fins are located almost at the same place as other plecos.
The fins stick to their body or pull up when they are munching over food.
Their pectoral fins come in notice only after they start swimming, and they are usually greyish or blackish golden in color.
Their body is full of patterns and lines and have tiny black dots all over their face.
|Size||They grow to about 7 inches.|
Their eventual maximum size is dependant on their diet, care, and genes.
|Life span||Rubber Lip Plecos live to about 10-12 years.|
This life span is dependant is their care, feeding and general aquarium maintenance.
|Behavior||Rubber Lip Plecos spend half their life hiding behind the rocks and other places eating algae.|
They are shy fishes; they normally behave well and are peaceful with the other fishes.
|Tank size||Rubber Lipped Plecos will thrive in tanks with capacities greater than 25 gallons.|
|Water values||Rubber Lip plecos prefer the water pH to be around 6.5-7.5.|
The hardness of the water should be between 8-12 KH.
The temperature around 70°F to 78°F.
The water flow should be medium.
|Aquarium plants||Add aquatic plants such as Pogostemon helferi to mimic their natural habitat.|
Add floating plants to help oxygenate your aquarium and give the Rubber Lip Plecos places hide.
|Feeding||Rubber Lip Plecos eat algae. If your tank has algae they will survive on all varieties of algae.|
If your tank is clean you should feed Rubber Lipped Plecos the following:
· Fish flakes
· Algae wafers
· Seaweed algae
|Diseases and Ailments||Rubber Lip Plecos are immune to various diseases.|
Though they may get bacterial infections which will not harm the other fishes. Following this guide to learn the symptoms.
|Socialization and tank mates||Rubber Lip Plecos are peaceful. You should ideally house them with other peaceful aquarium inhabitants.|
Best tank mates for the Rubber Lip Plecos are:
· Neon tetras
· Cory catfish
· Green tetras
· Honey gourami
· Ember tetras
|Breeding||Rubber Lip Plecos rarely breed in an aquarium.|