Peckoltia vittata, Steindachner, 1882
Origin: Brazil, Amazonas province, Tajapouru, Rio Xingu and Rio Madeira.
Synonyms: Chaetostomus vittatus, Ancistrus vittatus, Ancistrus vittatus var, vermiculata, Hemiancistrus vittatus
First European import:Unknown
Care: Peckoltia vittata should be kept in 60 cm tanks minimum, with ample hideouts. During the day the fish are inactiv and will hide in holes or shaded areas, but in the evening the fish will start to swim and look for food. Most watertypes are suitable for Peckoltia vittata, from soft acidic to hard and slighly alkaline. Some form of current and/or aeration is advisable. If the fish come out of their shelters during the day in search of food, it means that they are undernourished! (See feeding!)
Feeding: Algae, FD(spirulina) or flake food. Feed the fish in the evening since they are night active.
Size:Up to 14 cm, usually a bit smaller in aquariums.
Breeding:Unknown, probably the rainseason will have to be mimiced, a rise in pH and a decline in temperature after a period of blackwater with pH 5.5 may get the fish to spawn.
Sexual dimorphism: None
Picture references: Picture 1: E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.(click on the link to buy this book)
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