Cat-eLog Right Arrow Loricariidae Right Arrow Hypostominae Right Arrow Hemiancistrus

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Scientific NameHemiancistrus subviridis  Werneke, Sabaj, Lujan & Armbruster, 2005
Common NamesL200, Green Phantom Pleco
Gold-Yellow-Ancistrinae (Germany), Green Pleco, Lemon Spotted Green Pleco
Type LocalityRìo Orinoco 117 km W of La Esmeralda, 03.28998°, -066.60004° Amazonas, Venezuela.
EtymologyGreek, hemi = the half. While the Greek, agkistron = hook, is thought to be the root of the term ancistrus, hemiancistrus can be taken to mean that these species have a part (not exactly HALF) of the features of the genus Ancistrus, but not ALL of the features. This specific epithet refers to its olive green colour in life.
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Size 190mm or 7.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThe green colour form of this fish can only really be confused with Baryancistrus demantoides. The key to tell these two apart is that the dorsal fin and the adipose fin are connected in Baryancistrus species, and separated in the this species.
Ranges in colouration from blueish green to yellowish green (which correlates to how far south on the Rio Orinoco the fish was collected). Head and body spots are variable within these colour forms. May be the same species as L128.
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DistributionSouth America: Venezuela: Upper Rio Orinoco from at least at Minicia up to Rio Ventuari and in the Rio Ventuari itself.
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco, Upper Orinoco, Ventuari (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 7.8
Temperature22.0-25.0°C or 71.6-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersThis fish revels in fast flowing water.
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FeedingThe fish is omnivorous and easy to feed. Although an effective algae eater, it should be given a varied diet of prepared foods.
FurnitureLots of vertical stonework and rounded boulders. Bogwood and plants are not necessary. Water current should be at its strongest over cracks and crevices in the rocks where the fish will live.
CompatibilityThe challenge with this fish is to find fish that will live in such fast water. It will live in calmer water should you wish to keep this fish in a medium sized community setup. A good "starter" l-number.
Suggested TankmatesThis fish is a good pleco for a community tank despite its natural habitat in rapids as it will adapt to less hectic water conditions. If you do want to try faster water, Semaprochilodus characins and silver dollars of various types are a good choice for mid-water companions.
BreedingHas been bred in the aquarium. A cave spawner, the male guards a clutch of approximately 40 eggs. Eggs hatch in 3-4 days, fry absorb their yolk sac and start feeding in 10-11 days.
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ReferencesDATZ matches Aqualog which features this fish in supplements 1 and 2.
Neotropical Ichthyology, 3(4):533-542, 2005
Registered Keepers(1) Kostas (k: 3), (2) Cory-Diddi, (3) Kristofer, (4) Trident2004, (5) JJP2, (6) phaedraeos, (7) Tulio, (8) arndogg, who also notes: "have had this individual for awhile. started in a riftlake tank w/ peacock cichlids and did well. most recently became 1st inhabitant of my river tank. this fish loves the current. he has a cave directly in the path of a powerhead, and he stays th", (9) DarkAtlas, (10) stang1, (11) azfisher (k: 2), (12) stinger, (13) drgold (p: 3, k: 7), (14) Daragh, (15) Kenneth Wong, (16) KenyanSandBoa, (17) Matien (k: 7), (18) Brotox (p: 4), (19) killerklown, (20) k1ttyme0w, (21) Haavard Stoere (k: 101), (22) mikelouth (p: 2), (23) firenzenz (k: 4), who also notes: "Have just replaced 4 yr old female with 4 juvi's. Therefore happy but sad.", (24) Walter, (25) soltarii007, (26) lizimal, who also notes: "Moved 33 Long 12/14/08 name: The Phantom (we just had to) (also of note: our first fancy pleco!) Original cost: $45 USD Purchased 06/15/07", (27) chillired, (28) haxjester, (29) joepleco, (30) Kara (k: 2), who also notes: "These guys go to town on hair algae - an unexpected benefit! They also seem interested in the mopani wood in the tank.", (31) goodmike (k: 5), (32) Lightbringer, (33) scouse_andy, (34) ilovemyplecs, (35) Troender, (36) CoryLoachFreak, (37) jasonplec1, (38) Plecofanatic1989, (39) zhallam, (40) mzavori (p: 2), (41) briggadane (p: 2), (42) lewishan, (43) PepperedGary, (44) alexmuchtar, (45) scatz, (46) Borbi, (47) ronsterrc, (48) abaigael04, (49) arsik, (50) Tommi, (51) Lubbe, (52) River Dog, (53) plecko, (54) jac, (55) Algaedarling, (56) CANDY, (57) Merlinmaus, (58) junaid, (59) rensss (p: 2), (60) bcb, (61) smithrc, (62) Bigpig (p: 2), (63) mudpuppy (p: 2), (64) thejudgement, (65) Per (k: 12), (66) WIGSTER, (67) novice, (68) ablank (k: 6), (69) DiHo (k: 10), (70) coheedandcambriarules (k: 3), (71) jiapei, (72) Altifrons, (73) EmilyA, (74) dr_philatelist, (75) Turbo, (76) ouscazz (k: 5), (77) Billybob, (78) Dan S, (79) Bjørn, (80) drd, (81) jha61, (82) PlecoCrazy (k: 11), (83) 2wheelsx2 (k: 2), who also notes: "New Juvies from Charles", (84) eelkie, (85) Blackhawker, (86) danny.450, (87) Frank the L, (88) Neri2495, (89) Ullopincrate, (90) Nx7, (91) EHEIM~ADDICT, (92) Bartman, (93) jessonthenet, who also notes: "Lovely plec, not too shy. Likes to eat plants so fresh veg should be available. Takes a liking to amazon swords in particular. quite territorial.", (94) smitty (p: 2, k: 4), (95) Daniel_yeo, (96) Nanu156, (97) bongthecgb, (98) fishermandan, (99) knifegill, (100) brechtvh (k: 5), (101) hossma, (102) kouen, (103) musilvr4eva, (104) prairiefire, (105) ChanggyChinggy, (106) gr8plecos, (107) freakkmeister, (108) Torb (k: 4), (109) cjhoogma (p: 2, k: 5), (110) FrankNL, (111) Substral (k: 5), (112) Acanthicus, (113) hankinswood, (114) xander (k: 3), (115) Taz, (116) scorpia9100, (117) loginthesand, (118) Carter77, (119) BioPod, (120) Fevz, (121) cdc069, (122) vman, (123) naboo, (124) nnpnnp, (125) FFTRIP, (126) pogo29, (127) Thomas W, (128) Arnestad, (129) Copp81, (130) gforcefx, (131) GouldyUK, (132) somethingpishy1, (133) simonas, (134) teddyman5, (135) adcc (p: 2, k: 6), (136) eyal8a (k: 4), (137) Ostafrika-Barsche, (138) Michael_Wanga, (139) huskerdad, (140) Syno Rey, (141) francistrus (k: 3), (142) Nimitz (p: 2, k: 4), (143) aalund (k: 2), (144) HuskerDad, (145) kawa85 (k: 2), (146) Jaz (k: 4), (147) krzys (k: 2), (148) Cristoffer Forssander, (149) Apostolis, (150) pleco rob, (151) shep, (152) guppy09, (153) Atmichaels (k: 3), (154) DOLEMITE (k: 2), (155) leberruyer, (156) bhound2, (157) aX!o (k: 3), (158) Simon86 (k: 7), (159) Xandoz, (160) jorgehdzy, (161) Plaegis, (162) Bacce, (163) parrot1974, (164) Black_flys, (165) snowmonkey, who also notes: "Mysteriously died on me one day. was well fed and beautiful color.", (166) Lorenzo, (167) BazzNL, (168) hypanaquolus, (169) acuraguy55, (170) Triactis Trainer, (171) Amazonka (k: 3), (172) Stefan2013 (k: 3), (173) Matturbin, (174) hakkiee, (175) Ingvald Arne Meland, (176) seliel, (177) PlecosAndLoaches, (178) Norbert, (179) Tamcon83 (k: 2), (180) evojoey, (181) WouterW, (182) Mathias (k: 2), (183) recumbent, (184) TrulsK (k: 4), (185) husky_jim, (186) cjp155, (187) Nolapete (k: 12), (188) Jimmy.gme, (189) ebrehe, (190) reardons, who also notes: "Fish was approx. 115mm at purchase. It is the most aggressive of all my plecos. It actively eats NLS Algaemax wafers and shrimp pellets, and grazes on the driftwood as well.", (191) indeliKate, (192) kwalker, (193) Fishfreaks1971, (194) Jordanlewis100, who also notes: "Fairly hardy and eats same foods as my other plecos but seems to be very slow growing. Update 19-02-17: still very slow growing and still only around 2.5" long!", (195) Jost, (196) mcesario, (197) MEGADETH1111, (198) VickyEll7, (199) Littleleeper23, (200) thekribkeeper, (201) Siltsu (k: 3), (202) JarleRemy, (203) Ltygress, (204) richnlou11, (205) catfishchaos (k: 7), who also notes: "Have wanted these forever! Growing them out to hopefully reduce group and try breeding. Skittish but striking!", (206) MrRRunner (k: 2), (207) SimenAndre, (208) KSquared, who also notes: "Very cool looking fish but very timid so far. Found a hidey hole in the drift wood for now but kind of kicked everyone else out. Hopefully it'll settle in soon.", (209) Phreeflow, (210) GeirO, (211) pleconut, (212) diesel (k: 4), (213) cicrush13 (k: 2), (214) fishyNZ, (215) Nabobmob1, (216) dicten (k: 3), who also notes: "Bougt two together, they are about 15-16 cm, and one kid sepratly. S/he is about 4-5 cm.", (217) wugydugy, (218) Lloydy, (219) Nadiboy, (220) b.reder, (221) janwillem, (222) Anna_krepak, (223) Andrewjw, (224) dmfd0331, (225) tonhocasti, (226) Piotr, (227) Redrain, (228) Finaddix Aquatics, (229) L-Cait, (230) thefredpit, (231) Pastoral.

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Breeding Reports(1) Andrewjw (b: 50), (2) Cristoffer Forssander (b: 48), (3) seliel (b: 41), (4) Jost (b: 40).
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