Hypoptopoma 'nannoptopoma' sp. 'peru'

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The tiny Hypoptopoma sp. 'peru' pleco is a South American Loricariidae that is found in Peru. There is not much quality information about this amazing species. This rare found is a high demanding catfish.

Care tips

  • Highly oxygenated tank and very clean
  • High metabolic rate
  • Make sure they are eating (provide plenty of food)
  • As far as I know herbivore

Hypoptopoma sp. 'peru' is also known by Nannoptopoma sp. 'peru' and Robocop catfish.

Below you can find photo and video collection of the group of six Robocop plecos that I have kept. I have been waiting to get my hands on this species for many years, they arrived at an unfortunate timing. I cared for them in a brief period of time and eventually gave them away due to circumstances. I did develop a rather interesting method to keep them in shape by creating a carpet of spirulina (blue-green-algae) on a soaked catappa leaf then letting the leaves dry and after 24-48 hours or so placing the leaves infused with spirulina back into the tank. They would be "grazing" the spirulina from the leaves. I found this method more effective then just for example placing a food pallet on a leaves.

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Photo gallery

This photo gallery contains images. Photos were taken between 2016 and 2017. Latest photos are always at the top. Click on each image for full-screen view.

Video gallery

This video gallery contains videos of my Robocop plecos. Latest videos are always at the top.

Hypoptopoma 'nannoptopoma' sp. 'peru' video

This capture shows closeups.

  • Male female differences (male smaller and slender)
  • Eating encouragement methods