Mango Pleco

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Mango Pleco Care Guide


Mango Pleco (Baryancistrus sp. L047), also known as the Mango or Magnum Pleco, is a striking pleco species with a dark body and vibrant yellow or orange fins. They are prized for their beauty and relatively peaceful nature.

Tank Setup

  • Size: Minimum 55 gallons.
  • Substrate: Sand or fine gravel.
  • Filtration: Strong filtration to maintain excellent water quality; ensure good water flow and oxygenation.
  • Decor: Provide plenty of hiding spots using driftwood, rocks, and caves.
  • Water:
    • Temperature: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
    • pH: 6.5-7.5
    • Hardness: Soft to moderately hard (4-12 dGH)


  • Diet: Omnivorous; provide a variety of sinking pellets, algae wafers, and vegetables (e.g., zucchini, cucumber). Supplement with occasional protein sources like shrimp and bloodworms.


  • Water Changes: 20-30% weekly to maintain high water quality.
  • Tankmates: Peaceful community fish; avoid aggressive species and those that may outcompete them for food.


  • Common Issues: Monitor for signs of stress or disease. Ensure a varied diet and clean water to prevent health problems.

By following these guidelines, your Mango Pleco will thrive and display its vibrant colors.

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