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. Reproduction:
Not problematic from 6cm upwards. Eggs are small as
are the juveniles. 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.
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.
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. Ancistrus pirareta Muller,
1989 Observed in Paraguay by René Ruíz
Díaz. iNaturalist 2021.