Catfish / Loricariidae / Royal Panaque

Blue-eyed Panaque, Blue-eyed Plecostomus
Panaque suttoni

Synonyms: None
Physical description: It is covered everywhere but the belly with large bony plates. The head is large, broad, and flat. The mouth is on the underside of the head and is shaped like a suction cup. The body color is black. The dorsal fin stands tall when erect. The iris of healthy individuals is bright blue.
Size/Length: To 18" (45 cm)
Similar species: Hypostomus and other Panaque species.
Habitat: Small rapid rivers. South America; Columbia.
S: bottom
Aquarium: 48" (122 cm) or 55 gallon (209 L) is suggested. Maintenance as for P. nigrolineatus.
Water chemistry: pH 6.5-7.5 (6.8), 2-12 (8), 72-79°F (22-26°C)
Social behavior: Aggressive towards own species, but peaceful towards other fish. Can be combined with small to large, peaceful fish. Nocturnal.
Suggested companions: Corydoras, tetras, Discus, Apistogramma
FOOD: Algae; fruit; vegetables; peas, spinach, lettuce; live; crustaceans, insect larvae. See P. nigrolineatus for other notes.
Sexual differences: Unknown
Breeding techniques: Unknown
Breeding potential: 10. Breeding has not been successful in aquaria.
Remarks: See P. nigrolineatus.
Difficulty of care: 7. The Blue-eyed Panaque is a challenging fish to care for, but well worth the effort for its beauty. They are sensitive to water quality and medications and are also subject to disease.

By Rhett Butler   Mongabay.com