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.
South America:Middle Uruguay River basin. Type
locality: Itaqui, Rio Lageado, Rio Grande
do Sul [Brazil].
C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent
and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue
of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Fisch-Muller, S.,
2003. Loricariidae-Ancistrinae (Armored catfishes).
p. 373-400. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris,
Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South
and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
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