Hypancistrus sp. (L260)

Common Names: Queen Arabesque Pleco
Family: Loricariidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: America - South; Rio Tapajos,Brazil
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Peaceful; Very peaceful, but is not good at competing for food so choose non aggresive tankmates.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: More on the carnivore than herbivore side. The rows of small teeth pressent in the mouth which suggest that they are not a good algae eater, but will eat vegetable based foods, along with bloodworm.
These fish enjoy a rocky aquascape with lots of caves and hiding places. Water movement and a good filtration system are needed.
6.5 - 7.5
26°C - 30°C
79°F - 86°F
2 dH - 15 dH
Potential Size: Male: 7.5cm (3")
Female: 6.5cm (2.6")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: Nocturnal; Nocturnal
Gender: Females tend to be wider across the ventral area. When fully mature, males develop odontodal growths when breeding. Males have marked undersides, while females have entirely white bellies. This, however, is a heavy generalization. Marked bellies are primarily indicative of dominant status" in tanks with mutliple females, belly coloration may or may not be evident. Lone males consistently display a dominant status. Males also have thicker primary pectoral rays.
Breeding: A moderate loricariid to care for if one intends to spawn the species. A tight fitting cave with a dark interior is preferred. Rectangular slate/brick/tile caves tend to yield the best results. High turnover rate is recommended, but the powerhead should not be directed into the cave itself. Fish should be conditioned prior to spawning on a protien rich diet. Near perfect water quality is essential not for the survival of the fish itself, but to induce spawning. Cold, soft water changes also help
Main Colours: Black, White
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Sucking Disc
Tail: Concave
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