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Leopard Frog Pleco (L134 Pleco): Care, Size, Lifespan.

by Catherine Tran 08 Sep 2023 0 Comments

Leopard Frog Pleco (Peckoltia Compta) is a beautiful freshwater fish that is very popular among aquarists. They have a lively appearance that is always the focus of the tank bottom area. These gentle, easy-going fish will not cause any aggression in the tank.

The good news is that they require little care. However, you also need to know a few things before getting one in your tank.

In this article, I will share with you all the necessary information about the Leopard Frog Pleco, the diet, tank requirements and the water parameters to build an ideal habitat for them. 

If you are wondering if Leopard Frog Pleco is suitable for beginners?

Definitely suitable for beginners and for you. Experts always recommend 1-2 fish per family tank because the benefits they bring are more than the money you pay just once!!

L134 Pleco Appearance.


Leopard Frog Pleco (L134 Pleco) has a cylindrical body and armored back. Their bony backs will help them protect themselves from underwater predators. In aquarium tanks, they are famous for their small size and unique patterns and colors.

When they are not stressed and are getting the right food, they will have an extremely beautiful highlight color to attract everyone's attention.

The base color of the L134 is yellow and covered with black stripes. As they grow, the uniform black stripes will gradually break off and form broken lines and dots on the fish.

L134 Pleco size.

The average size of Leopard Frog Pleco is about 8.8cm - 11.4cm in length. This makes them the ideal pleco for most aquarists looking to keep a small-sized pleco.

This is a very manageable size for most aquarium owners looking to keep a pleco in their smaller aquarium.

Leopard Frog Pleco longevity.

L134 Leopard Frog Pleco has a lifespan of about 8 - 10 years. When conditions are right, they will live much longer.

This is an expected age but not a 100% guaranteed age!

For them to reach their expected lifespan, you must provide them with the right diet and water parameters throughout their life.

Tale a look at L134 Leopard Frog Pleco at Micro Aquatic:


Leopard Frog Pleco character.

Leopard Frog Plecos are very friendly fish that will mostly take care of their own algae-eating business without causing any problems for the other fish in the aquarium.

During the day, they mostly hide and prefer to feed at night.

That means when they feel safe, they will come out of hiding even during the day. If you have low light levels and no large, aggressive fish in the tank, they will come out during the day.

If you notice any aggressive behaviour in your tank, simply create more hiding space and add more burrows so each fish can take over the territory.

Males need caves in the aquarium, so you will need to add a pleco cave for each male you have in the tank.

Removing some males from the tank is also another way to prevent aggression.

Hidden cave reference for pleco here:


Caring for Leopard Frog Pleco.

The good news is that caring for Leopard Frog Pleco is very easy. The best way to care for the L134 is to create a tank environment as close to its natural habitat as possible.

To create the ideal environment for Leopard Frog Pleco, you need to follow the recommendations mentioned below.

Leopard Frog Pleco tank size.


The minimum tank size for a single Leopard Frog Pleco is a 75L-long aquarium or a 115L regular aquarium.

These fish are one of the smaller fish species, allowing aquarists to keep them in tanks of this size. However, a large tank will maintain more stable parameters than a small tank so a larger tank is always better.

Plecos L134 requires more floor space than just water volume. The more surface area you give them, the happier they will live.

This is especially true when you contain more than one pleco. Larger aquariums naturally have a larger bottom area and they also maintain more stable parameters, which is a plus.

Ideally, a wide and long tank is much better than a tall tank. This is because a tall tank has less bottom area than a low tank of the same volume. Both can hold the same amount of water but the tall tank can hold less membrane as it is shorter in width or length.

Leopard Frog Pleco tank set up.

Leopard Frog Pleco is a very shy fish and needs a lot of hiding places. Keeping fish in tanks without a hiding place puts a lot of stress on the fish, eventually leading to diseases that can be fatal.

You can create a hiding place simply by placing lots of rocks and driftwood in the aquarium. These fish will hide in the shadows and crevices created by decorations when the lights are on.

There are also many pleco caves sold online that are made specifically for plecos. These caves provide a dark and safe space for fish to rest during the day.

Refer to the hidden cave for Pleco here:


Pleco L134 has a soft belly and they spend most of their time at the bottom of the tank. Substratesharper will hurt their abdomen and cause infection.

Sand, small pea-sized gravel, and some potting substrate are the top 3 options that you can use as a substrate.

For a healthy ecosystem, plants are a must. You can add aquatic plants such as Java Fern, Java moss or floating aquatic plants to help increase oxygen in the water because Plecos L134 species live in the bottom and rarely come to the surface of the water.

Water parameters:

Temperature: 75 – 86 degrees F

PH: 6 – 7.5

TDS: 60 – 120/minute

L134 pleco diet.

The Pleco Frog is omnivorous and will eat a variety of fish foods. You'll need to feed them a mix of different plant-based foods and occasionally feed them high-protein frozen foods.

You should design a menu for your fish to get enough algae, plants, fresh vegetables and other plant-based foods in their diet.

The main foods for L134 should be plants and algae, but you will also need to provide a mix of different protein-rich foods.

Ideal protein sources could be bloodworms, brine shrimp, tubifex, daphnia and other small organisms.

These ready-to-eat dry foods have exactly the ingredients that plecos need. When buying dry foods, it's best to buy a variety of sink foods and feed them a mix. This will help your fish get all the nutrients they need.

It is advisable to feed them at night because of their rather shy personality.

Leopard's Pleco tankmates.


Pleco leopard frogs can become aggressive when they are in the breeding season or if they do not have enough room in the tank.

They tend to fight over their favourite territory or hiding place.

Here are some fish that we believe can make great companions for your Leopard Frog Pleco:


Dwarf gourd

German blue ram



Other Plecos


Final Thoughts.

Now that you understand everything there is to know about how to care for Leopard Frog Pleco (L134) and what it needs to thrive, it's time to decide if you can afford one.

If you can provide the necessary care, we recommend you give it a try. These fish are fun for you to relax watching them and they help in water purification, eating algae in the community tank.

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