The genus Glypterperichthys (Sailfin plecos) is represented in the hobby mainly by thetwo species G. gibbiceps and G. joselimaianus, because both species have a very attractive coloration. Both are bred in large numbers in Southeast Asia and so they are almost anytime available for moderate prices. A rarity is G. scrophus, the rhino sailfin pleco from Peru. Although this species has no pretty coloration it is a fascinating look, not at least due to the large nasal lappets. P. scophus are peaceful fish. They feed inter alia on algae and so they are not only nice but also useful. The rhino pleco attains a length of about 30 cm and so it should be kept in larger tanks, likewise its better known congeners.
For our customers: the fish have code 254592 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer