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Cat-eLog Right Arrow Loricariidae Right Arrow Hypostominae Right Arrow Hypancistrus

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Scientific Name Hypancistrus sp. (L201)   
Common Name(s) L201, Orinoco Angel Pleco
Pronunciation hype an siss truss
Etymology A contraction of the Greek hypo (meaning less than) and ancistrus, an allusion to the reduced number of teeth (particularly in the lower jaw) found in this genus. 
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Size 120mm (4.7") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Similar to Hypancistrus inspector and H. contradens. H. inspector is different in that it has a black stripe on the edge of the caudal and dorsal fin. H. contradens has a higher body than H. sp(L201).
Sexing Mature males have thicker first pectoral ray, more pronounced odontodes on the first pectoral fin ray and odontodes on the rear of the body, and typically a wider head. Mature females are wider around the middle of the body, and much less noticeable body and fin odontodes.
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Distribution Upper Río Orinoco near Minicia and Rio Ventuari.
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco, Ventuari (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH 6.5 - 7.5
Temperature 26.0-30.0°C or 78.8-86°F (Show others within this range)
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Feeding Unlike the popular opinion of many other loricariids, Hypancistrus are more carnivores than algae eaters. This is backed up by a small and lightly toothed mouth that indicates they are poor algae scrapers. Provide small and frequent supply of mainly meaty foods such as dry discus food, bloodworm and even brineshrimp with the infrequent offering of flake or algae tablets.
Furniture Sand, primarily rocks and optionally driftwood. Caves made out of slate plates, bamboo or PVC pipe.
Compatibility Suitable with most fish, as long as they are not too large or territorial about bottom-space.
Suggested Tankmates Small tetras and other similar small fish. Also Corydoras. Care has to be taken to ensure that they get enough food, as they can be a bit shy and slow to grab food when availble.
Breeding Breeds in typical Hypancistrus manner, male guards eggs in a cave. Fry have smaller spots than comparable sized H. contradens.
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Registered Keepers (1) DutchFry, (2) I_Xeno, (3) Holey_Rock_of_Texas, (4) kabaltah, (5) Per (k: 9), (6) boogie, (7) agustingonzalez, (8) dragonphish (k: 2), (9) ablank (k: 5), (10) ofird, who also notes: "9 cm angel pleco Colombia and Venezuela ", (11) ahodge84, (12) jac (k: 4), who also notes: "First spawn 24-6-'09", (13) crazylegs, (14) h2opleco, (15) st24rsap (k: 2), (16) tf_fish (k: 3), (17) elmosgun (p: 2), (18) suprabiatch, (19) Bacce, (20) jomi, (21) thicis, (22) Devin, (23) Janne Josefsson, (24) hoplo (k: 7), who also notes: "These are F1's Started breeding in Jan 2012", (25) ronalddevries, (26) upc239 (p: 2, k: 4), (27) RickE (k: 3), (28) Juand15, (29) marco87, (30) glenny, (31) Bjørn, (32) djtonyel (k: 104), (33) claro, (34) MarkN, (35) HenkeP (k: 5), (36) jha61, (37) drpleco (k: 5), (38) 2wheelsx2 (p: 2, k: 7), who also notes: "June 18. One died mysteriously with no visible problems other than a little redness around the gills (may have been blood).", (39) Gerard Pennards (k: 2), (40) eelkie, (41) svenrhapsody, (42) Wallace (k: 3), (43) L-ko (k: 24), (44) bottomfeeders (k: 7), (45) d3n2, (46) sterlingtjones, (47) catxx, (48) Daniel_yeo, (49) robert521 (p: 2, k: 8), who also notes: "aquired from Sabbath ", (50) Derzel (k: 3), (51) hossma, (52) fusco (k: 6), (53) stensson (k: 6), (54) corfans, (55) huffmagx (k: 8), who also notes: "Purchased these and was told they were a yet un- named variant of "201" not Inspector or Contradens or the reg. 201. We shall see they are small but really pretty little things wish I had a few more...", (56) ChanggyChinggy (k: 3), (57) phypes (k: 4), (58) plecorocks (k: 2), (59) Taratron (k: 7), who also notes: "Have had in a 20 gallon for a few years, from fry, now grown to about 3-4 inches. Unsure of the sexes but two are always in caves. Ordered 6, unsure if he sent an extra or a spawning took place as I have seven now.", (60) mozart (k: 11), (61) Mazzi, (62) AleGer (k: 2), (63) plecomanpat (p: 2, k: 2), (64) Magnus Nodland, (65) Plecodoras (k: 5), who also notes: "At the moment just growing on these lovely fish in my main tank. They do not hustle for food so need to put plenty in and turn lights off, for them to get a share. Slow growing even in 100 gallon tank.", (66) L260, (67) tomr (k: 3), (68) uffe (k: 4), (69) Nabobmob1 (k: 8), (70) Halvyt, (71) hullfishman (k: 4), who also notes: "Usually spawn after a cold water change", (72) jason1979, (73) lhenry777 (p: 2), (74) DJ-don (k: 5), (75) arapaimag, (76) stumac (k: 6), (77) babykhan, (78) biotope69, (79) ITR371 (k: 9), (80) dav (p: 2, k: 2), (81) jp11biod, (82) linden09, (83) YARIS, (84) Zulan, (85) keen-eyed (k: 8), (86) tagamasid1023, who also notes: "Last August, I've already spotted this Hypan at a local LFS. Two months later, it was still there, then I decided to haggle for it and take it home. It adapted quickly in my community tank and began eating right away! Probably a sign that it wasn't fed properly at the LFS. Anyway, today this Hypan is the most territorial specie in my tank! It displaced a less aggressive Panaque Maccus from its sweet spot. I plan to hold on to it and find a mate once I figure out its sex. Yesterday, I visited a distant LFS and saw a mature "hairy" male, about 90mm long. Unfortunately, it was mislabeled (L136b) and insanely overpriced ($60 USD). Well, I'm not in a hurry and I'm sure I'll find one that is reasonably priced really soon.", (87) naboo, (88) xander, (89) Yakov_krepak, (90) john_d, (91) Mata Negra, (92) Roland, (93) groeneen (k: 2), (94) snike, (95) john82 (k: 4), (96) gforcefx, (97) RoyCarballo, (98) mrfishydude, (99) nessaja, (100) Devmeister, (101) gosephe (k: 7), (102) [LeX], (103) adcc (k: 6), (104) shooter50014 (k: 4), (105) KennethS, (106) seliel (k: 4), (107) mdwflyer, (108) kupper, (109) Brisch, (110) Marie-Alix, (111) lasteeves (k: 3), (112) theMEANone, (113) hatiras, (114) eyal8a (k: 2), (115) cassie_86 (k: 2), (116) Nimitz (k: 2), (117) Pny, (118) victoriaz24, (119) peterk19, (120) sem87, (121) seba089, (122) ogm, (123) Hellboy (p: 2), (124) PNTaquatics (k: 4), (125) kawa85 (k: 2), (126) Jaz (k: 8), (127) fallout801 (k: 6), (128) timipi, (129) XgreenX, (130) Herbsti, (131) Wijnbelevenis, (132) plecolover3 (k: 6), (133) rodney (k: 17), (134) mpfsr, (135) corsairF4U, (136) CATMANdrew (k: 3), who also notes: "Timid and like the dark", (137) Jass, (138) chris521957, (139) stick80 (k: 7), (140) lip165, (141) shep, (142) milosz (k: 6), (143) Krissy, (144) Catfishfingers, (145) BallAquatics (k: 6), (146) Simon86 (k: 6), (147) cjerrom, (148) Stuey, (149) Xandoz, (150) roycarballo, (151) rizla75, (152) PlecosAndLoaches, (153) jorgehdzy, (154) Rebel00357 (k: 4), (155) geoffkemp, (156) EsoticoAquatics (k: 4), who also notes: "Amazing Pleco. Defin. one of my favorite hypancistrus so far!", (157) Kanta, (158) ChristianS (k: 5), (159) Are06n (k: 10), (160) citizencurt, (161) LiZZzz (k: 6), (162) Stefan2013, (163) Heyguy74, (164) BrianShr, (165) DarrenH, (166) crazy4bettas (k: 3), (167) cypho23, (168) Allen Repashy, (169) MarcusO (k: 6), (170) elisabeth (k: 19), (171) 660Dave, (172) tyrone147, (173) robin1 (p: 2, k: 2), (174) davidcook3, (175) YSR50 (k: 2), (176) Shanaitan, (177) StefanG (k: 2), (178) CodOnMyRod, (179) mikebren12 (k: 3), (180) cicrush13 (k: 3), (181) labyazilim (k: 3), (182) MatTheFish, (183) Asset, (184) Mruaru, (185) Siltsu (k: 3), (186) Sharpy, (187) Altifrons, (188) eelsnot, (189) flatfish, (190) ozarowana, (191) lynja321, (192) duonri (k: 5), (193) WouterW, (194) derekw, (195) areta, (196) rroomm11 (k: 6), (197) scandicman.

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Breeding Reports (1) Nabobmob1 (b: 45), (2) AleGer (b: 40), (3) Devmeister (b: 38), (4) djtonyel (b: 33), (5) Jaz (b: 30), (6) duonri (b: 25), (7) HenkeP (b: 13), (8) keen-eyed (b: 10), (9) Marie-Alix (b: 10), (10) Zulan (b: 10), (11) mrfishydude (b: 8).
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