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Scientific NameAncistrus sp. (L107)  , 1992
Common Name(s)L107, Brilliant Bristlenose Pleco
L184
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 130mm or 5.1" 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.

L107=L184. A slender species with dark black background colouration and medium sized widely spaced white spots.
SexingTypical for the genus with males possessing the so-called ''bushy nose''. Females also may have much smaller growths on the head but to a much lesser extent.
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DistributionBrazil, Amazonas, Middle Rio Negro
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro, Middle Negro (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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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.
FurnitureMost Ancistrus like to have a good hiding place. Males need a suitable cave for breeding. Reasonable current and generally well oxygenated water is typical for their wild habitat. Wood decorations seem to be popular with the fish, and they appear to keep the wood clear.
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.
BreedingThis species place the eggs in the cave where the eggs stick very well to the cave wall.
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ReferencesL184: DATZ 9/1994 pp602-604.
Registered Keepers(1) Borbi (k: 5), who also notes: "Regularly breeding in soft, acidic water, 27°C.", (2) Barbie (p: 2), (3) trini_100, (4) LUISGOREY, (5) Cristoffer Forssander (p: 2), (6) Yann (k: 5), (7) DaveW (k: 2), (8) Vierrollenfreak (k: 6), (9) kamas88 (k: 7), (10) sunfish (k: 3), (11) djtonyel (k: 6), (12) Lakatu, (13) Boxy, (14) Bjørn, (15) claro, (16) Elisabeth Dahl (k: 18), (17) Jatze, (18) Torb (p: 2, k: 11), (19) Donald (k: 5), (20) uffe (k: 4), (21) Magnus Nodland, (22) Black_flys (k: 7), (23) Lars Jamne (k: 154), who also notes: "Group of four wild caught from 2006, big and fat.... Spawning on a regular basis.", (24) Rita Aspevik (k: 8), (25) matti2uude (k: 3), (26) pleco_breeder (k: 6), (27) Plecmadmike (p: 2), (28) Zulan (p: 2), (29) corybreed, (30) stefanfischer (k: 6), (31) Lihn (k: 10), (32) Id16, (33) gem400, (34) shad0wfish13, (35) mcaquatic (k: 5), (36) Asset, (37) Mountain (k: 7), (38) CodOnMyRod, (39) rimmerhusfisk (k: 4), (40) Alta (k: 2), (41) todda (p: 2), (42) Mr.Chubakin, (43) djclueze, (44) Garfield1969, (45) Truls warhuus, (46) richnlou11, (47) Carolus, (48) DukeFish, (49) DavidNMaddieHaveCats, (50) Jesnil72 (k: 7), (51) Pleconut72, (52) Gotti (k: 5), (53) Junglejason, (54) t195 (k: 6).

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Breeding Reports(1) Cristoffer Forssander (b: 60), (2) Lars Jamne (b: 55), (3) Zulan (b: 49), (4) todda (b: 40), (5) CodOnMyRod (b: 29).
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Last Update2011 Feb 28 04:12 (species record created: 2003 Mar 01 00:00)