|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Ancistrus tamboensis Fowler, 1945|
|Common Name||Bristlenose Catfish|
|Type Locality||Satipo, upper Tambo basin, Río Ucayali drainage, Peru, elev. 600 m.|
|Pronunciation||an SISS truss - tam BOW en siss|
|Etymology||The name Ancistrus is derived from the Greek word agkistron, meaning hook, in reference to the interopercular odontodes that are hooked. Named for the Rio Tambo where this species was found.|
|Size||110mm or 4.3" 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.
Often misquoted in hobby literature, this, the true A. tamboensis has a distinctive colouration and belly pattern.
|Sexing||Males have head tentacles, females do not.|
|Distribution||South America: Tambo River basin in upper Ucayali drainage.
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali, Tambo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.5 - 7.5|
|Temperature||23.0-28.0°C or 73.4-82.4°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Relatively undemanding.|
|Feeding||It is thought that elements in bogwood, particularly lignin, may form an essential part of Bristlenose diet. Certainly they have the immensely long guts common to vegetarians, and although they fall avidly on the occasional meal of live food or prawns, the bulk of their diet must be composed of vegetable matter. If a high protein diet is fed constantly, then they will become prone to stomach disorders. Vegetable roughage keeps the gut in working order, and bogwood is a valuable addition to this.|
|Furniture||In the aquarium they prefer a strong water current with lots of oxygen, and require plenty of hiding places. Bogwood is ideal for this, as it is not only attractive to look at and provides plenty of shelter. Although they are vegetarian, they do not feed on water plants either naturally or in the aquarium, and your treasured collection of cryptocorynes will not only remain uneaten, but the Bristlenose will carefully and gently graze each leaf, removing any covering of algae that may form.|
|Compatibility||They are gentle and unassuming fish, and can be kept in community tanks with the most timid of inhabitants. Even tiny fry will be left unharmed once free-swimming.|
|Suggested Tankmates||All community fish, small to medium sized cichlids.|
|Breeding||See catfish of the month article.|
|Breeding Reports||There is but a single breeding report, read it here.|
|References||Not. Nat. (Phila.)No. 159 - pp9 - Figs. 13-15|
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|Last Update||2008 Jan 02 03:27 (species record created: 2001 Apr 26 00:00)|