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  • Ancistrus sp. (L144)
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Scientific NameAncistrus sp. (L144)   
Common Name(s)L144
Pronunciationan SISS truss
EtymologyThe 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 or 3.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationMature males and sometimes females have soft tentacles (bushy fleshy growths) on the snout - this is unique to the genus Ancistrus.
SexingMales develop soft tentacles on the head.
General RemarksL144 is a one off import - the one male fish that came from Paraguay was at the time bred together with females imported at the same time, and then crossed back to their own siblings to lock the genetic defect that causes the yellow colour. These fish died out in the late 1990s as far as anyone can tell. The fish that is now 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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DistributionImported (once) from Paraguay.
Temperature22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show others within this range)
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FeedingAncistrus 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.
CompatibilityA 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 TankmatesAppropriate with most community fish that aren't overly big or aggressive.
BreedingAll Ancistrus species are cave-breeders, where the male looks after the eggs and young fry.
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Breeding Reports(1) jamos (b: 19), (2) Stuartbolton1 (b: 13), (3) mistern2005 (b: 8), (4) ChristianS (b: 7).
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Last Update2015 Aug 04 23:31 (species record created: 2010 Jun 15 12:11)