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

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Scientific Name Hypancistrus sp. (L260)  , 1998
Common Name(s) L260, Queen Arabesque Pleco
Type Locality Rio Tapajós, Pará, Brazil
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 90mm (3.5") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Similar to L066, but has spots as well as (generally thinner) stripes. Ultimately a smaller, more squat fish than L066. Shares the same colour pattern as Pseudolithoxus tigris (L257).
Sexing Males slightly bigger, longer interopercular, pectoral odontodes than those on the female. Males also have plate odontodes. The hard ray of the pectoral fins are broader, head wider and longer. Males from this species also seems to have a belly that is marble (totally or partially), females however have all white bellies.
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Distribution Rio Tapajós, Pará, Brazil
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tapajós (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH 6.4 - 7.6
Temperature 23.0-28.0°C or 73.4-82.4°F (Show others within this range)
Other Parameters Water should not have any nitrites and as few nitrates as possible. Dissolved oxygen level as high as possible. Fast current.
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Feeding A definite carnivore, and absolutely not an algae eater. Not picky, take a wide variety of live and frozen food such as bloodworms, brine shrimps, gammarus. Tablets, especially those with high percentage of Spirulina are also recommended.
Furniture Fine sand, as much cave as possible, the one in the current will be the preferred ones. Driftwood but only for aesthetic purpose as they don't chew it. Dim light Plants can be kept as L260 don't eat them.
Compatibility Peaceful but males will be territorial with each other in confined space.
Suggested Tankmates Choose tankmates wisely as these fish do not compete well for food with particularly fast or aggressive tankmates.
Breeding Has been bred in captivity. Follow details in Shane's World article.
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Registered Keepers (1) Yann (k: 2), who also notes: "The second Hypancistrus I managed to bred back in 2003", (2) fischling, (3) Ak Viking (k: 21), (4) mikey, (5) CatBrat, (6) Stubob, (7) Cory-Diddi, (8) Tulio, (9) fish fodder (k: 3), (10) funkyj1313, (11) Barbie, (12) plecoready, (13) vriesea (k: 8), who also notes: "Bought 6 from Aquarium Concepts at $30 each. Will try and breed. Bought 3 at PCCA at $16/each. These are about 1.5 inches.", (14) ThorG, (15) adimeatatime (k: 2), (16) amergim, (17) alga (k: 9), (18) arabesque, (19) zhallam, (20) drgold (k: 8), (21) Tuti, (22) mikelouth (p: 2), (23) azfisher (k: 6), (24) pureplecs (k: 16), who also notes: "Mix of Wild and F1", (25) chris 1 (k: 3), (26) apistomaster (k: 15), who also notes: "One of my favorites. Had 21 but lost one tank of six due to heater malfunction. These are my most difficult to breed Hypancistrus and their fry grow very slowly. Takes me about 1 year to raise a fry to 1-5/8" TL. Their fry can not compete well with faster growing pleco fry so keep them alone. I lost many learning this the hard way.", (27) loafingloach, who also notes: "pretty pleco. seems it is just as territorial as my female abristlenose. he held his ground even though he was smaller. only really see him when food comes falling from heaven, otherwise hes tucked in a crack between a plant and a log in a good bit", (28) gupebreedr (k: 6), who also notes: "6 Queens added to my collection. Currently housed in a 56 gal tank.", (29) Zebra46 (k: 10), (30) Daragh, (31) Brotox (p: 4), (32) Darren C, (33) Freakdaddy (k: 8), (34) FreshwaterJeff, who also notes: "Purchased from a local breeder as a very, very young juvenile. Cause of death unknown - disappeared and was never found.", (35) barksten (p: 2, k: 6), who also notes: "I got them when they where 4 months old. They where bred in Stockholm.", (36) saltcop, (37) Riley, (38) DutchFry, (39) henryrus, (40) whiteymoza, (41) plecoboy, (42) jbmm (p: 6, k: 12), who also notes: "bought after Hannover convention, in Bielefeld from Marc", (43) layzmob, (44) plugger1969, (45) Plecofanatic1989 (k: 2), (46) Catfish66 (k: 2), who also notes: "In a 80 cm (appr. 110 litre) tank. I hope they will breed.", (47) neon, (48) Selveste_Preben, (49) magnar30, (50) goodmike (k: 3), (51) trini_100, (52) glenny, (53) Dave_C, (54) gemjunkie, (55) nooneknows (k: 2), (56) Koen (k: 2), (57) alexmuchtar, (58) sthomas048 (k: 2), (59) jburke11, (60) LUISGOREY (p: 2), (61) CoryLoachFreak, (62) NHL (k: 8), (63) misscoolkitty, (64) weisel (k: 6), (65) ashik (k: 3), (66) firenzenz (k: 2), (67) TheWetArm (k: 4), (68) ZedMuir, (69) SoCalDiscus, (70) loloveto, (71) Borbi (k: 10), (72) briggadane (k: 2), (73) Numbers, (74) Birger Amundsen, (75) NewFishKeeper, (76) DaveW (k: 4), (77) zedogz (p: 5), (78) JeffrD, (79) Algaedarling, (80) soltarii007 (k: 4), (81) 78bill, (82) joviman, (83) genes, (84) djwalker124 (p: 2), (85) Pungen (k: 2), (86) krzys (k: 2), (87) Merlinmaus, (88) krazyGeoff (k: 11), (89) Wgm (k: 2), (90) lighting (p: 2), (91) Holey_Rock_of_Texas (k: 8), (92) PlecoCrazy (p: 2, k: 12), (93) LRKeefer (k: 2), (94) Lihn (k: 15), (95) AleGer (k: 2), (96) foley, (97) Dave, (98) tinman_rlg, (99) ofird, who also notes: "9 cm Brazil Queen Arabesque Pleco A definite carnivore ", (100) BevN, (101) johnpeezy, (102) shadowcat (k: 3), (103) ariefputranto, (104) Sutrisno, (105) st24rsap, (106) Bacce, (107) Hitch (k: 7), (108) Janne Josefsson, (109) tinycichlid1, (110) buller42 (k: 2), (111) leej24 (k: 4), (112) spikeyface, (113) jprp, (114) ewurm, (115) claro, (116) Billybob, (117) Juand15, (118) Bjørn, (119) TomK (k: 5), (120) MarkN, (121) ayrtoninst (k: 4), (122) Elisabeth Dahl (k: 45), (123) X-Tank, (124) andreogmikela (p: 2), (125) drpleco (k: 11), (126) misscoturnix, (127) svenrhapsody, (128) Sapuhias, (129) nkm68, (130) Tallblue (k: 5), (131) andresont (p: 3), (132) jac (k: 4), who also notes: "First spawn 10-7-'10.", (133) Suckermouth (p: 2, k: 6), (134) matti2uude (k: 10), (135) djtonyel (k: 4), (136) scat35, (137) adcc (k: 4), (138) NC24, (139) Donald (k: 6), (140) monkiecat (p: 2, k: 8), (141) Raina, (142) plecomanpat, (143) jakeowen, (144) WoonyFishMan, (145) janne dahle (k: 10), (146) ichtyophile, (147) kouen, (148) FFTRIP (p: 2), (149) Miss_Cain, (150) Decker504, (151) geminiluna (k: 3), who also notes: "In my experience, hardy and tolerant of occasional aquarium mishaps or lapses in tank maintenance. Not at all suitable for territorial tank mates and does not compete well for food. Shy and prefers to stay hidden - will not be your "center piece" fish.", (152) Tchitchou44, (153) brechtvh, (154) Rita Aspevik (k: 6), (155) duequattro, (156) yeyoone (k: 3), (157) galactuz, (158) Andypex (k: 5), who also notes: "5 F1 juveniles at around 2 inch SL as of Jan 2012", (159) safy, (160) Sanplec, (161) mikebren12 (k: 5), who also notes: "+ 1 female w/c rare aquatics added 24/06 + 2 juvvies from Jo Phipps added 24/06. Sold to Lisa oddy + 1 male w/c rare aquatics 02/06/13(sold 2 Craig whitehead).. 1 fry from 1st spawn All females passed.... 10 fry from 3rd spawn born 08/08/13. Sadly only 4 left. 1female died, 2 juvvies sold. 10 new fry New spawn 06/01/14 New female added 23/03/14", (162) Nabobmob1 (k: 10), (163) guysmiley, (164) nessaja, (165) snike, (166) bruce3, (167) shooter50014 (k: 16), (168) eyal8a, (169) mdwflyer (p: 3, k: 22), (170) SonoAngel, who also notes: "Very timid female. can see her briefly when scattering bloodworms or cooked shrimp", (171) balken89, (172) Pny, (173) johho (k: 16), (174) shep (k: 5), who also notes: "Beautiful patern, very shy.", (175) seba089 (k: 6), (176) fallout801 (k: 4), (177) wet-handed, (178) Id16, (179) Jaycal, (180) Lars Jamne (k: 10), (181) DaN98 (k: 9), (182) flatfish (k: 9), (183) pollie, (184) plecolover3 (k: 6), who also notes: "Will hopefully have these breeding in the future :) these are in there own tank with plenty of caves and bogwood and are settling in perfectly,,, stunning pleco and deffinitly worth having some. :)", (185) Wijnbelevenis, (186) steph en jess (k: 7), (187) stezatois, (188) Paul, (189) Andrewjw (k: 4), (190) sem87, (191) Xaim (k: 3), (192) pleco rob, (193) davej (k: 7), (194) Nobettername, (195) MatsP (k: 4), (196) Krissy, (197) ChrisScholes260 (k: 8), who also notes: "My favourite Hypan i have never struggled to keep these stunning fish, they are fascinating to observe and i will never get bored of them. I have had multiple trapping attempts and the latest was a successful spawn.", (198) Simon86 (k: 8), (199) Atmichaels (k: 4), (200) colincook (k: 3), (201) crazyjock (k: 6), (202) Ecrevince (k: 9), (203) Mruaru (p: 2), (204) frog72 (k: 2), (205) redwood (k: 3), (206) rosswell, (207) wwicks, (208) .Plecomania. (k: 6), who also notes: "Very shy as juveniles and will hide 100% of the time.", (209) saor alba, (210) unstoppablejayd, (211) cypho23, (212) hypanaquolus, (213) jorgehdzy, (214) MarcusO (k: 4), (215) Tamcon83 (k: 4), (216) davidcook3, (217) plecokim, (218) Brian2014, (219) Ingvald Arne Meland, (220) Kingfisher, (221) Sharpy, (222) victoriaz24, (223) Juiceyfish, (224) Allen Repashy, (225) PlecoLover2721 (k: 3), (226) camtang, (227) Peacefish, (228) Gertbl (k: 6), (229) WouterW, (230) PlecosAndLoaches.

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Breeding Reports (1) ChrisScholes260 (b: 58), (2) Andrewjw (b: 54), (3) Nabobmob1 (b: 52), (4) redwood (b: 50), (5) mikebren12 (b: 44), (6) Suckermouth (b: 42), (7) johho (b: 40), (8) djtonyel (b: 29), (9) Xaim (b: 25), (10) Brian2014 (b: 23), (11) unstoppablejayd (b: 14), (12) steph en jess (b: 8).
Articles
Article - Shane's World Reproduction Breeding Hypancistrus sp. Queen Arabesque L260
Article - CotM 2007 September
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