Linage of this Ancistrus
and other aquarium bred varieties is hard to predict
but will encompass different species in the hobby.
Bred in ponds for the aquatic industry in Florida
and commands a high price for good red specimens.
Can range in colouration from yellow to brown and
the most sought after red variety. The young are more
of a yellow colour and in good specimens will gradually
change to a dark brown/red in adulthood. Image contributor
states that the males turn brown prior to spawning
and then returning to red. 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: Mainly
vegetarian with a liking for algae but as this will
be in short supply in a tank set-up can be fed on
soft veg such as cucumber, courgette (zucchini), raw
potato plus loricaria tablets. Will also eat worm
food but its main diet would have to be vegetarian.
Reproduction: 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.