This line is being offered
by German wholesaler Aquarium Glaser. They imported
some wild L173
many years ago and placed them with some of their
trusted breeders. Offspring are coming out every now
and then, but only “L173b” are listed.
These are less zebra-like in their markings than what
L173 can be. “L173b” is not an official
number, it's simply Glaser's way of saying that the
fish are b-class, not a-class...whether or not these
are indeed L173 or an unfortunate mix of similar forms
is impossible to determine. Sexual differences:
Males posses a broader and longer head and odontodes
on the posterior part of the body, behind the gill
covers and on the pectoral fin spines. The latter
two are a lot shorter in the females. Aquarium
Care:No problem with keeping
in groups but only one Hypancistrus species
to a tank as there has been reports of hybridisation.
Diet: Omnivores, juveniles are keen
on vegetable foods whereas adults are less so. Frozen
foods such as brine shrimp, mosquito larvae and mussels
as well as tablet foods.