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Scientific NameAncistrus sp. (L159)   
Common NameL159
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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Size 100mm or 3.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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.
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DistributionExported from the Rio Xingu, Brazil.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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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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ReferencesScraml, E. and F. Schaefer. 2004. Loricariidae: All L numbers. Aqualog. 271 pp. DATZ March 1994.
Registered Keepers(1) Shawnc (k: 11), (2) Yofman, (3) FuglyDragon, who also notes: "Spawned with female L182 Currently housed with my L182 group.", (4) buller42 (k: 7), (5), (6) Ben-cgn, (7) huffmagx (k: 7), who also notes: "6 small juvies acquired at Atl auction still unsexable.", (8) MacedonianLion (k: 55), (9) OlePaulsen, (10) TimW, (11) AlphaWolf1995 (k: 16), (12) jac (k: 10), (13) MarlonnekeW, (14) KeXx (k: 13).

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Breeding Reports(1) MarlonnekeW (b: 48), (2) TimW (b: 10).
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Last Update2007 Jan 12 01:13 (species record created: 2006 Dec 29 10:49)