It is captioned as a Chaestostoma
species in Aqualog All L-Numbers but it is clearly
not, and as such was placed into the sub-family
Ancistrinae,and then onto the Hemiancistrus
genera. Quite similar to L200 and could possibly
be the northern population of this species. Colouration:
Similar to Hemiancistrus
subviridis (L200) but
has a greenish-blue body colouration. Juveniles have
white spots on the edges of their fins. Aquarium
Care: An ideal addition to an aquarium containing
such fish as South American cichlids, tetras and angelfish,
just as long as the other occupants are not too aggressive.
Minimum tank size of 48” x 24” X 24”,
although a larger aquarium would be preferred for
one of these fascinating catfish. I would suggest
good quality aquarium sand such as BD Aquarium Sand,
or very smooth rounded gravel as the preferred substrate
when keeping these catfish. The aquarium should provide
some shelter in the form of rocks or bogwood along
with a small covering of aquatic plants, although
this is not essential. An ideal set-up would include
some vertical rocks and some larger rounded boulders
and a fairly strong current, as these catfish live
naturally in the cracks and crevices in the rocks.
As with all other species of fish, water quality and
general husbandry is very important, and I would recommend
that a minimum of 25% water is changed on a weekly
basis. Sexual Differences: The males
tend to be more slender and larger than the females.
The males tend to develop bristles around the cheeks
and head, with larger spines or odontodes being present
along the leading edge of the pectoral fin ray. It
is thought that in mature males the dorsal fin is
more developed giving it an almost shark like appearance.
In addition it is generally thought that the spots
around the head region in mature males are larger.
Diet: L128 readily accepts a mixed
and varied diet which includes sinking foods such
as catfish pellets, algae wafers, courgette, cucumber,
frozen bloodworm and any other good quality foods
which sink to the substrate. These catfish benefit
from the addition of some meatier foods in their diet
such as prawns and mussels.
Blue phantom pleco
Venezuela. Amazonas, Puerto Ayacucho (Rio Orinoco).
no. 144. May 2008. Seidel, I. 2008. Back to Nature guide
to L-catfishes, Ettlingen, Germany 208 p.