Sailfin Plecostomus

Sailfin Plecostomus
Latin name:
(Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps)

Care Level








Preferred Conditions

74-79° F, KH 6-10, pH 6.5-7.4

Avg. Max Size

1′ 6″

Minimum Tank Size

125 gallons


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The Sailfin Plecostomus, Marble Albino, is a captive-bred species with many scientific names, but is most commonly known as Glyptoperichthys gibbiceps. It is also known as the Spotted Sailfin Plecostomus, and is native to the Rio Pacaya in Peru, South America. This peaceful fish is a member of the armour-plated catfish group and typically inhabits the bottom of the tank. The Albino Marble Sailfin Plecostomus is a hardy species that is easily adaptable to a variety of aquarium environments. It is an interesting addition to any tank due to its unique coloration and behavior.

Planted aquariums with robust, fast-growing plants, high aeration, and water movement are essential components to a healthy and thriving environment for the Sailfin Plecostomus. Additionally, rocks and driftwood can be incorporated to further enhance the natural habitat, while also providing hiding spaces to reduce stress for the fish. To ensure the best environment for the Sailfin Plecostomus, a minimum tank of 125 gallons is highly recommended. Furthermore, regular water changes and careful monitoring of water parameters should be implemented to maintain a healthy environment for the fish.

The Sailfin Plecostomus spawns in tunnels dug out of the mud banks of various tributaries. A very large aquarium with a wall of plastic is required for this species to spawn. Because of this requirement, it has not yet been done in an aquarium.