All FishesLoricariidaeHypostominae ⇒ The genus Panaqolus

Hop to next section Summary of Panaqolus
Pronounced pan ack oh luss
Etymology Panaqolus: Inelegantly derived from the indigenous term Panaque and in a form that infers a smaller size than that genus.
Feeding This genus feeds on wood, and should have several pieces, preferably several kinds of wood to chew on. Aside from wood, a mainly vegetarian diet is recommended, prepared food such as algae wafers and fresh vegetables, such as courgette (zucchini) and tubers such as potato or sweet potato (yams).
Tankmates Works well with most types of peaceful community fish. Can be somewhat territorial towards conspecifics, but given enough hiding spaces, a group can be kept in a suitable size aquarium - roughly requiring a 30 x 30cm area per fish.
Furniture Rock piles are optional and wood tangles are a must. Plants are not vital and will be nibbled or destroyed.
Sexing Like all members of the genus, males grow elongated interopercular odontodes during the breeding season. Males develop noticeable odontodes along the dorsum (back of the body) as well. Males develop small pointed genital papillae, whereas mature females will have large, rounded, swollen papillae. Additionally, gravid females have noticeably wider bodies between the pectoral and pelvic fins when viewed from above, compared to males.
Breeding A cave breeder, the male looks after the eggs and fry until the fry are ready to fend for themselves as miniature copies of the adults.
Size Smallest 60mm, largest 150mm, average 109mm, most commonly 130mm. All SL.
Species There are 44 "species" in the database
Keepers 24 species (54%) are being kept by registered keepers
New spp. / time
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Hop to next section Most Kept Species
1. Panaqolus maccus (30.73%)
2. Panaqolus albivermis (21.96%)
3. Panaqolus sp. (L002) (9.64%)
4. Panaqolus sp. (L397) (8.57%)
5. Panaqolus albomaculatus (6.82%)
6. Panaqolus sp. (L169) (5.69%)
7. Panaqolus sp. (L206) (3.57%)
8. Panaqolus changae (2.82%)
9. Panaqolus sp. (L448) (2.44%)
10. Panaqolus claustellifer (2.44%)
11. Panaqolus sp. (L271) (1.44%)

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