The Redtail Leopard Plecostomus, also known as the Leopard Acanthicus, comes from the rivers and tributaries of South America. The body is varying shades of brown with black spots, covering the entire body and fins, resembling the pattern of a leopard. Redtail Leopard Plecos make good additions to any community aquarium.
Planted aquariums with hearty, fast-growing plants, 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 Redtail Leopard Plecostomus. A recommended minimum tank of 70 gallons should be provided to house this fish.
The Redtail Leopard Plecostomus has not been bred in an aquarium and little is known about their breeding habits.
Feeding the Redtail Leopard Plecostomus 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 left over food and algae. If there is no algae or left over food present, supplement with high quality flake food, sinking carnivore pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex.