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Hemiancistrus subviridis (L200)
Hemiancistrus subviridis is as ever similar in general shape to most
plecs, It as many others is found in the Amazon. This is a wild caught
species that can be tricky to find locally as not traded often. The
species is very striking with it's light olive green colour and green
- yellow spots on the upper part of the body. Green Phantom's can grow
up to 7" or so and care should be taken when adding to tanks with other
bottom feeders. Thought this species is generally very placid and will
bond well with other plec species.
Listed tank sizes are the minimum
||6 - 7.5inches (15.2 - 19.1cm)
||Juveniles and Sub adults (up to 18 months) can be kept in a
30G tanks Adults should be kept in upwards of 50G tanks
||Will go everywhere but predominantly bottom. Likes Sand - Fine
||6.0 - 7.8
||dh range 4 - 17dH
||72°F to 77°F (22°-25° C), Though are kept without
issue at 26 / 2725°C , 70-81°F
Green Phantom Plec, Lemon Spotted Green Pleco, Green Pleco
South America: Rio Orinoco and Rio Casiquiare drainages in Venezuela.
General Body Form:
Similar to most other plecostumus, however the dorsal fin has 10+ rays
(the individual spikes within the fin).
Hemiancistrus Subviridis is a light olive green colour with green -
yellow spots located from the head extending to half way down the length
of the fish.
The Green Phantom is an excellent addition to a community aquarium and
can be housed with most community fish. As with all plecs, care is needed
if housed with other plecs, Strong filtration along with regular water
changes is required due to the waste plecs produce. This plec thrives
in fast flowing currents, but adapts readily to slower moving waters
as found in most home aquaria.
As with most other plecs this species is happy with Algae wafers but
really loves a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. This species will
tend to eat mostly overnight, I would suggest soft vegetables as an
introduction to fresh food for this plec.
An Easy to care for plec, but as with any wild caught plec initial care
must be taken
Found most frequently in cracks and empty spaces or gaps of granitic
rocks in flowing water
Not known to have been bred in captivity.