The differences between the Panaqolus and
the Panaque genera is that the latter has
an oval shaped mouth and the jaws have very large
spatulate teeth with a single cusp, arranged in a
v form and Panaqolus have a small number
of spatulate teeth and are also a smaller genus. Aquarium
Care: Peaceful in the aquarium
but not suitable for planted tanks as they are plant
eaters. Tank set-up should contain wood of some description
as the Panaques need this in their diet. Plants will
not work too well as they will be eaten so plenty
of wood scattered around the tank with a few caves
for spawning activities on a sand or small rounded
gravel bed will do just fine. Provide strong aeration
due to the higher temperatures involved. Diet:
All Panaques and also the Panaqolus
genera are wood eaters so would need this in an aquarium
set-up. Feed also vegetable foods such as cucumber,
courgette (zucchini) and sinking tablets. Sexual
Differences: Males have long interopercular
spines and their body is adorned with hair-like spines.
Rio Nanay, Peru.
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