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Scientific Name Hypancistrus sp. (LDA069)   
Common Names LDA069, Dotted Zebra Pleco
Prikkket Zebrasugemalle (Denmark)
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. 
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Size 100mm or 3.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Sexing Mature males have thicker first pectoral ray, more pronounced odontodes on the first pectoral fin ray and odontodes on the rear of the body, and typically a wider head. Mature females are wider around the middle of the body, and much less noticeable body and fin odontodes.
General Remarks Unfortunately, there is much confusion surrounding this fish. DATZ issued it L287 in December 2000. Then in Feb. 2001 DATZ issued L287 to a Hypancistrus-type fish from the Rio Curua-Una, Para, Brazil. The second fish issued L287 was later given the L Number L 307. DATZ listed L 287 as coming from the Rio do Para, Brazil and reaching 10cm. Das Aquarium issued the same fish the designation LDA 69, stated that it came from "Venezuela," and grew to 7cm. The 2nd Ed. Aqualog book (2004) then published that the fish was in fact not from the Rio do Para, but a tributary of the Rio Xingu.
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Distribution See General Remarks. Possibly from the Rio Xingu.
pH 6.4 - 7.4
Temperature 24.5-27.5°C or 76.1-81.5°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Values above for pH and Temperature are generalized.
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Feeding Unlike the popular opinion of many other loricariids, Hypancistrus are more carnivores than algae eaters. This is backed up by a small and lightly toothed mouth that indicates they are poor algae scrapers. Provide small and frequent supply of mainly meaty foods such as dry discus food, bloodworm and even brineshrimp with the infrequent offering of flake or algae tablets. User data.
Furniture Sand, primarily rocks and optionally driftwood. Caves made out of slate plates, bamboo or PVC pipe.
Compatibility Suitable with most fish, as long as they are not too large or territorial about bottom-space.
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 Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Das Aquarium June 2002
DATZ December 2000
Scraml, E. and F. Schaefer. 2004. Loricariidae: All L numbers. Aqualog. 271 pp.
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Last Update 2022 Feb 04 11:26 (species record created: 2006 Dec 25 03:44)