Similar broad shape as Ancistrus
which also has spots when young but Ancistrus
sp. (L255) holds on to this trait into adulthood whereas
A. ranunculus does not. Appears in the Datz magazine
Jan.1998, pages 6-7. Aquarium Care:
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. Breeding: 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.
L255, Spotted Medusa Pleco
Rio Xingu (about 150km south of Altamira).