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Scientific Name Ancistrus sp. (L325)   
Common Names L325, Jari Blue Ancistrus
Pronunciation an SISS truss
Etymology The 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.
Identification Mature males and sometimes females have soft tentacles (bushy fleshy growths) on the snout - this is unique to the genus Ancistrus.

Spots on this species are a metallic sky blue, which is not represented in the above photos as completely as they are in real life.
Sexing Typical 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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Distribution Rio Jari
Amazon, Jari (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Feeding Ancistrus 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.
Compatibility A 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 Tankmates Appropriate with most community fish that aren't overly big or aggressive.
Breeding Cave spawner. Female lays approx 30 eggs, fairly large, around 5mm. The spawning site is typically in a strong flowing area of the tank. Fry can be brought up in the same tank as the parents, feeding on vegetable based tablet food.
Breeding Reports There are 2 breeding reports, read them all here.
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Last Update 2012 Feb 22 01:09 (species record created: 2006 Dec 24 15:14)