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: 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.