The Tooth-Nose Pleco, also known as the Vampire or Galaxy Pleco, comes from the Amazon Basin of South America.
It is black with many striking yellow spots covering the entire body. The common name for this catfish comes from the bristle-like barbells that are present on the upper side of the mouth.
Tooth-Nose Plecos make good additions to any community aquarium. Planted aquariums with high aeration and water movement make for a healthy environment. Rocks and driftwood help to accent a natural habitat and provide hiding spaces to cut down on stress for the Tooth-Nose Pleco.
A recommended minimum tank of 200 litres should be provided to house this fish. Breeding in an aquarium setting has not been successful yet, however, different methods are being used in the industry.
The Tooth-Nose Plecostomus is an egg-layer that tends to use plants and rocks as an anchor.
Feeding the Tooth-Nose Pleco is not difficult due to the fact that it is not a picky eater. Feeding off the bottom of the aquarium, it gets most of its nutrition from leftover food and algae.
If there is no algae or leftover food present, supplement with high quality flake food, sinking carnivore pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex.