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Scientific NameAncistrus sp. (L071)   
Common NamesL071, Peppermint Pleco (Australia)
L181, L249
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 200mm or 7.9" 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.
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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DistributionTrib. Rio Tapajos
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tapajós (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.
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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Registered Keepers(1) Borbi (k: 4), (2) sunfish, (3) tf_fish (k: 3), (4) elmosgun (p: 2), (5) theonetruepath (k: 6), (6) ozarowana (k: 5), (7) claro, (8) Hitch (k: 5), (9) Hellboy, (10) lnumbers63, who also notes: "Had this fish from when the tank was first stocked. See him every day when feeding at night time. Somewhat shy but can watch him feed if I'm still. Has very fine white spots all over against jet black body. Great bristles. ", (11) drpleco (k: 2), (12) David Fnt (k: 4), (13) fuzzytigerbird, (14) fahaka, (15) ravyk (p: 2), (16) terryd, (17) kouen (k: 3), who also notes: " Starlight Ancistrus fighting (males) ", (18) jo o (k: 8), (19) headbanger_jib, (20) smitty (k: 2), who also notes: "Loss due to hurricane Irene", (21) wolverine2031 (k: 8), (22) Birger Amundsen, (23) mozart (k: 5), (24) DAveUnruh, (25) snowball, (26) Starfish42, who also notes: "Not 100% certain this is the right species. It is a larger than average ancistrus, black, with small but very distinct white spots, but no white edging to the fins. Only very short nose bristles, so I AM fairly certain it's female!", (27) milosz (k: 4), (28) dolgolev, (29) Torii, (30) OlePaulsen, (31) Beniji, (32) GregT, (33) Cristoffer Forssander, (34) XgreenX (k: 3), (35) Brandon1993 (k: 3), (36) Aquathumb, (37) husky_jim, (38) Grimfilth (p: 2, k: 86), (39) flatfish (p: 2, k: 14), (40) john h (k: 5), (41) CodOnMyRod, (42) citizencurt, (43) TimO93, (44) mani29 (k: 5), (45) Ozboy (k: 5), (46) gem400, (47) plecokim, (48) Yoshi, (49) Lozza64 (k: 3), (50) Vierrollenfreak, (51) Asset (k: 15), (52) PlecosAndLoaches, (53) zn30, (54) blazinabi, (55) Jost, (56) vetman (k: 2), who also notes: "On 2015/10/10 found eggs loose in tank, unable to save them.2016/10/23 Have had 6 spawn, all spawns were loose in the tank. I saved them all with my home made egg saver.", (57) PlecFan (k: 19), (58) systemcrash, (59) Zulan, (60) Fishbotherer, (61) HenkeP (k: 4), (62) Koen (k: 2), (63) 1Opsophagos, (64) KeXx (k: 16), who also notes: "Bought as Ancistrus spec. Blue Spot", (65) Medievalmum (k: 6), (66) scott1601, (67) AussieSam, (68) zopie (k: 3), (69) Bristle Toes, (70) Loc (p: 2), (71) FabianGimdal (k: 7), (72) pointpleco (k: 5), who also notes: "A very shy fish, but a good looking one. I can't wait for them to get big and have a go at breeding them. I have seen some very big ones and they look so good.", (73) Hsapsed.

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Breeding Reports(1) flatfish (b: 60), (2) Cristoffer Forssander (b: 50), (3) husky_jim (b: 49), (4) CodOnMyRod (b: 48), (5) Grimfilth (b: 46), (6) Zulan (b: 45), (7) pointpleco (b: 14), (8) Hsapsed (b: 13).
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Last Update2014 Mar 22 14:10 (species record created: 2002 Jan 19 00:00)