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Ancistrus pirareta Muller, 1989

Image contributors to this species:

Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Aquarium Care: Easy species to keep for novice aquarists. Can be kept in an unheated aquarium due to its collection location in Paraguay. 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. Rearing the fry is easy using tablet foods and greens. 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. Breeding: Not problematic from 6cm upwards. Eggs are small as are the juveniles.

Common Name:







Paraguay : Upper Tebicuary-mi River basin in lower Paraguay River drainage. Type locality: Salto Pirareta, sud de Piribebuy, affluent du Rio Tebicuary-mi (Cordillera, Paraguay), 25º30'S/56º55'W


16.0cm. (6¼ins)


20-29°c (67-85°f.)




Seidel, Ingo; Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes 208 p
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.



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