Ancistrus dolichopterus

Explanation of the symbols

Family : Loricariidae
Origin : Amazon river
Length : 13 cm - 5"
Min.length aquarium : 140 cm - 50"
English name : Bristlenose Plecostomus
This peaceful fish is ideal for a community tank.  The aquarium should be set up with a lot of driftwood and roots that form hiding places. Older individuals are sometimes aggressive and territorial towards other fishes of this family. When they are mature the male has cheek bristles on its forehead, while the female has a row of short, thin tentacles. They like a good aeration.

They feed mostly on algae and plants.  Feeding with vegetables is necessary.

Breeding is not difficult.  The eggs are laid in a cave.  The male guards the eggs.  The fry hatch after 5 days and after two weeks the youngsters are swimming free.  Then you can feed them fine vegetable food.

Photo Credit

Hans Meulblok

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