The Ancistrus genera make good community
fish where they do not grow too big for the aquarium.
Some species have different requirements in the aquarium
so best to read up on the species you have whereas
if they need higher oxygen requirements or not, or
if they prefer cooler waters if they originate from
the southern parts of South America against the species
from further up north. Diet: Vegetable
foods such as cucumber and courgette and also tablet
and meaty foods. Reproduction: Lay
their eggs in caves as a cluster and the first signs
of the breeding process is a few tiny fry darting
around the community tank. Prefers cooler waters.
Entomology: Named as from the Rio
Cauca, Colombia. Remarks:
Although this species may be locally threatened by
pollution from mining activities and deforestation
for cattle ranching, this cannot be considered a major
threat at present given its wide distribution. Hence,
it is listed as Least Concern (IUCN). The species
is sensitive to changes in water quality. It is probably
affected by water pollution related to mining activities
Cauca River basin in Colombia. Type locality:
Sonsón in the Río Cauca basin.
2003. Loricariidae-Ancistrinae (Armored catfishes).
p. 373-400. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J.
Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes
of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS,
Brasil. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2019. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, ( 08/2019 ). Lasso, C., Mesa-Salazar, L. & Sanchez-Duarte,
P. 2016. Ancistrus caucanus. The IUCN Red
List of Threatened Species 2016.