Cat-eLog Right Arrow Loricariidae Right Arrow Hypostominae Right Arrow Hemiancistrus

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Scientific NameHemiancistrus sp. (L128)  , 1993
Common Name(s)L128, Blue Phantom Pleco
EtymologyGreek, hemi = the half. While the Greek, agkistron = hook, is thought to be the root of the term ancistrus, hemiancistrus can be taken to mean that these species have a part (not exactly HALF) of the features of the genus Ancistrus, but not ALL of the features. 
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Size 180mm or 7.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationMay be the same species as L200 Hemiancistrus subviridis in which case L128 is the northern form. An inky black fish with variable blueish white spots.
SexingMature males have broader heads and odontodes on cheeks and first pectoral ray.
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DistributionVenezuela: Rio Orinoco: Puerto Ayacucho and downstream
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 7.0
Temperature25.0-30.0°C or 77-86°F (Show others within this range)
Other ParametersThis fish prefers some current with water just on the soft side of neutral.
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FeedingThe fish is omnivorous and easy to feed. Although and effective algae eater, it should be given a varied diet of prepared foods.
FurnitureLots of vertical stonework and rounded boulders. Bogwood and plants are not necessary. Water current should be at its strongest over cracks and crevices in the rocks where the fish will live.
CompatibilityNot quite as hardy as L200 and appears to take slightly more effort on the part of the aquarist to acclimatize. It will live in calmer water should you wish to keep this fish in a medium sized community setup.
Suggested TankmatesThis fish is a good pleco for a community tank despite it's natural habitat in rapids as it will adapt to less hectic water conditions. If you do want to try faster water, Semaprochilodus characins and silver dollars of various types are a good choice for mid-water companions.
BreedingHave been spawned in aquarium. Male guards eggs in similar way to most other Hypostominae subfamily fishes.
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ReferencesDATZ 5/1993, pp 280-281.
Registered Keepers(1) Dave Rinaldo, (2) daniel60, (3) CatBrat, (4) Cory-Diddi, (5) Kristofer, (6) xingumike, (7) funkyj1313, (8) Barbie (k: 5), (9) spencerdeluxe, (10) lookyloo, (11) ivokilli, (12) geoffkemp, (13) frightlies, (14) Oliver D. (k: 2), (15) drgold, (16) stinger, (17) The-Wolf (p: 2), (18) FuglyDragon (k: 4), who also notes: "3 added 22/12/07", (19) arabesque, (20) Matien (k: 11), (21) ani-mal-lvr (k: 3), (22) Respect, (23) Freakdaddy (k: 2), (24) Brotox (p: 4), (25) emma, (26) saltcop, (27) dracoz (p: 2), (28) bikerman6660, (29) Haavard Stoere (k: 3), (30) firenzenz (k: 9), (31) Plecofanatic1989, (32) haxjester, (33) goodmike (k: 3), (34) trini_100, (35) ninetysixmustang (p: 5), (36) Showa (p: 2), (37) pirate monkey, who also notes: "Beautiful species. Quite shy, mostly nocturnal.", (38) steelhead99, (39) ilovemyplecs, (40) doodle, (41) loloveto, (42) Troender (k: 3), (43) Cdn Glenwood (k: 2), (44) tHEcONCH (k: 3), (45) LUISGOREY (p: 3), (46) Koen (k: 5), (47) TheWetArm (k: 4), (48) Cristoffer Forssander, (49) lewishan, (50) Julie, (51) calsonic, (52) ronsterrc, (53) jopbgon (k: 2), who also notes: "Disease due to a heater failure", (54) LowCat, (55) karlwu, (56) soltarii007, (57) 78bill, (58) Wraith (k: 3), (59) Merlinmaus, (60) wiseoldowl, (61) cich_cat, (62) robert (p: 2), (63) Per (k: 7), (64) bcb, (65) ElTofi (k: 9), who also notes: "Pseudo spawning observed in late 2008. removed in a 300 liters drum as a temporary tank. ", (66) thejudgement, (67) WIGSTER, (68) robt18 (p: 2), (69) donymil, (70) Jackie, (71) royaldragoness, (72) foley, (73) MatsP (p: 3, k: 6), who also notes: "Now moved to bigger tank. ", "The only "survivor" from my wife giving my L128 away. This was kept in a different tank.", (74) fleahound, (75) ablank, (76) DiHo, (77) ariefputranto, (78) jiapei (k: 2), (79) tcmfish, (80) nowhereman (k: 2), who also notes: "One is 4" and another is 5.5" (30 Sep 09)", (81) Bacce, (82) ronalddevries, (83) ewurm, (84) ouscazz (k: 5), (85) matthewfaulkner, (86) Hitch (k: 2), (87) Bjørn, (88) TomK (k: 3), (89) PlecoCrazy (k: 4), (90) 2wheelsx2 (p: 4, k: 14), who also notes: "July, 3, 2010. One died with an obvious injury to the right eye and head. Looked like it had been in a fight with another pleco. August 17, 2010. One died from what appears to be bloat.", "Acquired on a special sale from Canadian Aquatics. Biggest ones I've had to date.", "One adult and recently added a couple of juvies", "Added 5 new adults to the tanks. Biggest is 6" SL.", (91) johnw63, (92) puresp (k: 2), (93) ridley25, (94) Neri2495, (95) Turbo (k: 2), (96) HenkeP (k: 10), (97) Tallblue (k: 2), (98) EHEIM~ADDICT, (99) smitty, who also notes: "Loss due to hurricane Irene", (100) Nanu156, (101) scat35, (102) oli, (103) d3n2, (104) Nat, (105) musilvr4eva, (106) Kenny Tay, (107) Jatze, (108) freakkmeister, (109) Torb (k: 3), (110) bcmitchell, (111) cjhoogma (p: 2, k: 8), (112) FunkyFredFrog (p: 2, k: 3), who also notes: "My favourite fish - really deep blue - is a very active fish - loves to use his big sucker mouth to much on bogwood and rocks! Now dead! the airstone went off in the middle of the night and all my fish were gasping at the top. Poor 'Bob' didn't make it!", (113) NC24 (k: 10), (114) tony57 (k: 3), (115) David R (k: 2), (116) kwalker (k: 3), who also notes: "My newest breeding prject", (117) rayfong, (118) monkiecat, who also notes: "Big spot type.", (119) Mazzi, (120) danlinn, (121) SHEAG35 (k: 2), (122) adrisdad, (123) chimp, (124) MarcW (k: 5), (125) plecomanpat, (126) hankinswood, (127) PlatinumSM (k: 3), (128) keen-eyed, (129) SHEAG (k: 2), (130) Sam (p: 3, k: 4), (131) AquaristJoel, (132) Benjamin Goh (k: 2), (133) jvision (k: 4), (134) Blackhawker, (135) Carter77, (136) ChanggyChinggy, (137) Andypex (k: 4), who also notes: "Looking for a female to join the group.", (138) Dan101, (139) Rainbow (k: 5), (140) Zulan, (141) Lowesee, (142) Hapahound1971, (143) FFTRIP, (144) Dee, (145) freshfishing, (146) tiffanyjayne, (147) LMC1062, (148) bigamefish, (149) fester, (150) dolgolev, (151) nevermore781, (152) adcc, (153) mikebren12, (154) gforcefx, (155) simonas, (156) hatiras, (157) Blackguard (k: 2), (158) mdwflyer, (159) Maddin2007 (k: 5), (160) jamos, (161) jimlaroche83, (162) NorthernGecko, (163) eyal8a (k: 4), (164) kupper (k: 5), (165) yogi88, (166) victoriaz24, (167) Loricariidea1990, (168) pereli (k: 4), (169) Travis Webb, (170) pleco123 (k: 3), (171) rodney, (172) Azwins, (173) sem87, (174) jonhybravo2 (k: 4), who also notes: "Need to learn how sex them and so I can start breeding. Beautiful fish. 4 and counting", (175) Hapaboy, (176) camtang (k: 3), (177) Krissy, (178) unstoppablejayd, (179) Aqualoon, (180) minnow, (181) cjerrom, (182) Stuey, (183) Alexandermaule, (184) Atmichaels (k: 3), (185) gilsharon, (186) jorgehdzy, (187) yayfish24, (188) asaman, (189) Kanta, (190) chriscoli, (191) Scubaguy, (192) Amazonka (k: 2), (193) BazzNL, (194) LostYeti, (195) Rummage, (196) Tamcon83 (k: 5), (197) Arnestad, (198) festaedan, (199) Matturbin, (200) Mol_PMB, who also notes: "Very active even with the lights on - a superb fish :)", (201) Milo, (202) roycarballo, (203) giraffee (k: 2), (204) 7Pete, (205) labyazilim (k: 7), (206) Sharpy, (207) Asset, (208) Siltsu (k: 2), (209) Juiceyfish, (210) evojoey, (211) WouterW, (212) PlecosAndLoaches (k: 2), (213) sushi1980, (214) recumbent, (215) TrulsK (k: 7), (216) krazyGeoff (k: 2), (217) Clavius, (218) cjp155, (219) trafford_66, (220) ebrehe, (221) Heyguy74, (222) Toolsforfish, (223) Arron_N, (224) Monkeh (k: 4), (225) monsterfishkeeper, (226) Gandalfdgrey, (227) nullepigen (k: 3), (228) TheDoctor, (229) Fishfreaks1971, (230) rootbear, (231) FreshwaterQWERTY, (232) madpeace21, (233) Mario (p: 2), (234) Demon, (235) VickyEll7, (236) Lee1980, (237) nasTodor, (238) DHarris, (239) pleco171182 (k: 3), (240) Ltygress, (241) Localhobo4u, (242) rizla75, (243) DBam, (244) Jesnil72 (k: 3), (245) Forester, (246) stormwarrior (k: 4), (247) Beckie, (248) zreynoldsp, (249) MrRRunner, (250) hoping, (251) Jborley (p: 2), (252) richnlou11, (253) KatieeElizabeth, (254) PaperDoves, (255) Junglejason, (256) Phreeflow.

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