|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Hypancistrus sp. (L333)|
|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.|
|Size||150mm or 5.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||If kept in good water conditions, this fish displays a very dark brown to black body with white lines.
Looks very similiar to L066, but L066 has more of a white body base colouration with black lines on top! L333 is also stubbier from head to tail than most other congeners.
|Sexing||Adult males develope teeth-like odontodes around the head and the pectoral fins. Viewed from above the female looks much more massive than the male.
Easiest way of sexing even half-grown ones is to provide enough caves. The fish entering and staying in the holes are only the males.
|Distribution||Rio Xingu, Brazil
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
|pH||6.4 - 7.2|
|Temperature||26.0-31.0°C or 78.8-87.8°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Use very soft water at about 80-120 mS recommended for optimum care.|
|Feeding||Prefers meaty foods like shrimps, larvae or quality tablets. May even show interest in some vegetables.|
|Furniture||Sand substrate, wood and many holes for the males to hide. Plants are welcome but not neccessary, will sometimes be eaten.|
|Compatibility||Very good tankmate for any fish living at the top of the water column. Much more demanding of the aquarist if attempting to keep together with Corydoras or other ground-living fish.|
|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 available.|
|Breeding||Very easy. The male keeps about 50-80 eggs in his hole. The fry leave the parental home at about 14 days and can easily be feed with tablets and frozen foods. Use a neutral pH and very soft water, temperature should be around 30 & Celsius.|
|Breeding Reports||There are 23 breeding reports, read them all here.|
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|Last Update||2005 Dec 10 00:00 (species record created: 2003 Jun 28 00:00)|