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Scientific NameAncistrus sp. (L393)   
Common NamesL393, Cheese Creek Bristlenose
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.
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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DistributionPeru, Rio Madre De Dios
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira, Madre de Dios (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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Other ParametersPrefers a noticeable if not strong current.
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FeedingOmnivorous with tendency to vegetarian.
FurnitureAppears to prefer bogwood over stone and rock.
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.
BreedingMature at approximately 1.5 years, expect 70-90 eggs from one female. See CotM article.
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Registered Keepers(1) AleGer (k: 104), (2) djtonyel (k: 4), (3) Cristoffer Forssander (k: 72), who also notes: "Peaceful. Males guard their territory.", (4) XgreenX, (5) TimO93 (k: 2), (6) junglejason, (7) Asset, (8) Mr.Chubakin, (9) Rita Aspevik (k: 10), (10) Truls J Warhuus, (11) Steven Jansen 72 (k: 4), (12) Lutt, (13) MarcW (k: 6).

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Breeding Reports(1) Cristoffer Forssander (b: 48), (2) AleGer (b: 36), (3) djtonyel (b: 31), (4) TimO93 (b: 25), (5) Lutt (b: 7).
Article - CotM 2009 June
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Last Update2018 Apr 04 15:07 (species record created: 2005 Jan 08 00:00)