Panaqolus tankei L398 is one of a few Panaqolus l-numbers allowed for export from Brazil. This is fortunate, since it comes from Rio Xingu, a river threatened by damming. Perhaps not the most striking member of it's genus, L398 is still a cool fish with it's dark bands against a pale orange body. Hopefully we will be able to breed this species to ensure it's future in the hobby.
Name: Panaqolus tankei (Cramer & Sousa, 2016)
Trade names: L398
Origin: Rio Xingu, Brazil.
Maximum size: 13 cm / 5''
Panaqolus species are great aquarium fish. They need shelter in the form of wood and rocks, and if they feel safe they will venture out in search of food even during daytime. They prefer a vegetarian diet, and of course wood is essential for their digestion. Some crustaceans and insect larvae can be added to their diet, but a diet consisting of too much protein and too little vegetarian food can cause trouble. They are peaceful Plecos, but males can be quarrelsome over territories and food. Panaqolus species are slightly more challenging to breed than many other popular Plecos, but it's usually all a matter of time and patience. When they do, they breed in typical Loricariidae manner with the male guarding the brood in his cave. Usually, male Panaqolus develop quite impressive odontodal growth on their flanks and on their fins.
L398 is very similar to other Panaqolus species like L2 and L169, but L398 has a slightly more yellow body.