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  • Ancistrus sp. (L144)
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Scientific Name Ancistrus sp. (L144)   
Common Name(s) L144
Pronunciation an SISS truss
Etymology The name Ancistrus is derived from the Greek word agkistron, meaning hook, in reference to the interopercular odontodes that are hooked. 
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Size 100mm (3.9") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Mature males and sometimes females have soft tentacles (bushy fleshy growths) on the snout - this is unique to the genus Ancistrus.
Sexing Males develop soft tentacles on the head.
General Remarks L144 is a one off. The fish sold as L144 is a different form, most likely based on Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus. This form resembling L144 can be found under as Ancistrus sp(4).
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Distribution A single male fish was imported from Paraguay.
Temperature 22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show others within this range)
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Feeding Ancistrus should be fed mainly on vegetarian foods. Prepared foods include algae wafers and spirulina based sinking food. Vegetables such as courgette/zucchini, and (English) cucumber are an excellent addition to the diet, along with the odd, small amount of more meaty foods.
Compatibility A good complement to most aquariums, they are not aggressive to other species. Males may fight over territory if kept in too small a tank.
Suggested Tankmates Appropriate with most community fish that aren't overly big or aggressive.
Breeding All Ancistrus species are cave-breeders, where the male looks after the eggs and young fry.
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Registered Keepers (1) wimmels, (2) wolverine2031, (3) catoman (k: 2), (4) zebra1 (p: 2, k: 3), (5) greyfox, (6) mozart625, (7) jamos, (8) çaykaralı (p: 2), (9) psyk1, (10) cpu4998, (11) msheresy (k: 2), (12) ChristianS, (13) crazyjock (k: 5), (14) rimmerhusfisk (k: 56), (15) EsoticoAquatics (k: 3), who also notes: "L-144 "Blue Eye" Short-Fin, Bristle-Nose Plecostomus "Ancistrus" Sp. PH: 6.2 to 7.2 and 69 to 74 degrees (F) Adult Size: 3 to 4+ inches Originally imported from Paraguay", (16) Jdmcfast, (17) Rebel00357 (k: 6), (18) Silurius, (19) kimbo, (20) PiggyCutie (k: 2), (21) Svenssen, (22) mouyichen, (23) tyler22 (p: 2), (24) Sandraaustin, (25) mistern2005 (k: 3), who also notes: "These are the long finned variety", (26) Marine590622, (27) langley01, (28) Asset, (29) hdbikersbabe (k: 2), (30) FishnFins, (31) Brucifer.

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Breeding Reports (1) jamos (b: 19), (2) mistern2005 (b: 8), (3) ChristianS (b: 7).
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Last Update 2014 May 24 16:12 (species record created: 2010 Jun 15 12:11)


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