The irregular-shaped, mosaical
spots are a useful tool for identifying this Ancistrus.
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. Rearing
the fry is easy using tablet foods and greens. 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.
Peru, Tambo River basin in upper Ucayali drainage.
Type locality: Satipo, at 600 meters
elevation in upper Tambo basin, Rio Ucayali drainage,
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl 1995 Aquarien
Atlas. Band 4. Mergus Verlag GmbH, Verlag für
Natur- und Heimtierkunde, Melle, Germany. 864 p.