First introduced in the DATZ
magazine October 1990, pages 585-586. There are three
L-number codes for this species which are one and
the same. L071, L181 and L249. Very similar to Ancistrus
but has fewer dorsal fin rays. Juveniles sport white
fin edgings. 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.
Diet: Vegetable foods such as cucumber
and courgette and also tablet and meaty foods. 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.