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Grosvenor Tropicals fully endorsees the OATA's policy on the humane  treatment of livestock. We may refuse any sale where we believe that a customer cannot provide a suitable environment for care of that species.

We do not supply Goldfish for use as prizes at Fetes, Fun Fairs or other events.

Scarlet Pleco Pseudacanthicus sp. L114

One of the many sucker-mouthed catfish identified primarily by it's "l" number, although it's common name is perfectly descriptive. A beautiful fish, (in the ugly sort of a way common to many catfish), with stunning red fins and deep brown and gold body markings.

Native to South America and the Xingu River system they can grow to more than 45cm, but fortunately are not aggressive even to other bottom dwellers. Their size does however mean a lot of waste, and requires a substantial filter system. Especially important for a fish which will not tolerate even the least trace of Ammonia or Nitrite.

Difficult to sex with certainty the females seem to have a more rounded forehead and are slightly plumper when in spawning condition.  Water flow, temperature and pH is not as important as quality, but 25° - 30°C (76° - 86°F), and pH 6.0 - 7.8 should be fine.

 

Scarlet Pleco

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Like others of the family these fish are grazers, but not in the sense that they eat only vegetation. They actually sift and chew at the film of organic matter on hard surfaces in search of higher protein foods. In the wild this would constitute a variety of foods from small insect larvae and crustaceans to other animals eggs and possibly even recently dead animals. With this in mind, frozen foods such as bloodworm should be offered along with prawns or cockles.

Although not aggressive, these fish are large omnivores, so remember to offer food appropriate to their size or they may have to resort to smaller tank mates just to satisfy their appetite.