Adult males sport long tentacles
on the anterior of the head which is unique to this
family. Females usually have short tentacles around
the mouth. 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.
Reproduction: The female lays her
eggs in caves or crevices... that the male has chosen
and cleaned.... as a cluster. The male usually then
guards the eggs after ejecting the female. The fry
then cling to the sides of the cave and when they
use up their yolk sac, which is around the four to
seven day period, they will be ready to feed on infusuria,
vegetable matter, brine shrimp naupli or micro worms.
In a community tank a few will survive if enough hiding
places are afforded to them. Diet:
Vegetable foods such as cucumber and courgette and
also tablet and meaty foods.
Venezeula, area around the town of Puerto Ayacucho.
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