Photo: Haakon Haagensen
LEPORACANTHICUS sp. 240
The Colombian Vampire Plecos are fairly large and impressive animals. L240 is pitch black with lots of white dots all over, except for the edges of the fins which are spotless. In aquarium these are quite hardy and adaptable creatures, as long as they are given proper food and good water quality. L240 is among the more regular l-numbers to be exported from Colombia.
Name: Leporacanthicus sp.L240
Trade names: Sailfin Vampire Pleco, L240
Origin: Rio Orinoco, Colombia/Venezuela.
Maximum size: 30 cm / 12”
L240 is exported together with the very similar L241. L240 has a darker colouration, a bigger dorsal fin, usually smaller white spots and a more elongate body. L240 could possibly be a population of L.galaxias.
These fish must be kept in well filtered and clean aquariums with lots of hiding places. They are peaceful towards most other fish, but the males can be territorial and aggressive towards each other. Leporacanthicus are meat eaters, and should be fed a protein rich diet consisting of crustaceans, shrimps, mussels and fish meat. Good quality dried foods should also be offered. Larger specimens can produce big clutches of 150 or so eggs. Males have a broader head with a rim of short odontodes.