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Scientific NameAncistrus sp. (LDA016)   
Common NameLDA016
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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IdentificationMature males and sometimes females have soft tentacles (bushy fleshy growths) on the snout - this is unique to the genus Ancistrus.
SexingMales develop soft tentacles on the head.
General RemarksFish sold as LDA16 in shops may well be Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus in the calico form. This note is correct on the date of writing in July 2008, where distributors (commercial breeders) showing A. cf. cirrhosus pictures are listing these as LDA16. Genuine LDA16 are not known to be commercially captive bred.
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DistributionExported from Brazil.
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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.
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Registered Keepers(1) Leucosticta, (2) sunfish, who also notes: "As juvenile it very closely resembled a juvenile Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus, only a bit lighter and with "fuzzier" spots. At around 2" TL all spots disappeared, only the lighter tips of the caudal fin remained a bit longer. Peaceful, relatively small and easy to keep. Extremely hard to get, though. ", (3) buller42 (k: 11), (4) saki (k: 5), (5) David Fnt (k: 5), who also notes: "Color var. "Ancistrus sp. Super-Red"", (6) jimlaroche83 (k: 2), (7) Ostafrika-Barsche, (8) çaykaralı, (9) stezatois, (10) EsoticoAquatics (k: 17), who also notes: ""Green Dragon" Short-Fin, Bristle-Nose Plecostomus White-Seam Ancistrus "Hybrid Ancistrus" Species (Captive Bred) PH: 6.2 to 7.2 and 69 to 82 degrees (F)Adult Size: 4 to 5+ inches Originally imported from the Amazon Basin, Brazil", (11) Rummage (k: 2), who also notes: "Had first batch of eggs from these Jan 2014 of approx. 20", (12) Tamcon83 (p: 2, k: 109), (13) labyazilim (k: 35), (14) via_mala, (15) Mathias (k: 17), (16) zn30, (17) Garfield1969, (18) adelinoarrais, (19) zopie.

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Breeding Reports(1) jimlaroche83 (b: 13), (2) Mathias (b: 12), (3) Tamcon83 (b: 10), (4) labyazilim (b: 8), (5) Rummage (b: 7).
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Last Update2012 Mar 10 05:02 (species record created: 2008 May 17 09:49)