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Scientific Name Ancistrus sp. (L107)  , 1992
Common Names L107, Brilliant Bristlenose Pleco
L184
Pronunciation an SISS truss
Etymology The 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 130mm or 5.1" 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.

L107=L184. A slender species with dark black background colouration and medium sized widely spaced white spots.
Sexing Typical for the genus with males possessing the so-called ''bushy nose''. Females also may have much smaller growths on the head but to a much lesser extent.
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Distribution Brazil, Amazonas, Middle Rio Negro
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro, Middle Negro (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Feeding Ancistrus 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.
Furniture Most Ancistrus like to have a good hiding place. Males need a suitable cave for breeding. Reasonable current and generally well oxygenated water is typical for their wild habitat. Wood decorations seem to be popular with the fish, and they appear to keep the wood clear.
Compatibility A 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 Tankmates Appropriate with most community fish that aren't overly big or aggressive.
Breeding This species place the eggs in the cave where the eggs stick very well to the cave wall.
Breeding Reports There are 8 breeding reports, read them all here.
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References L184: DATZ 9/1994 pp602-604.
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Last Update 2011 Feb 28 04:12 (species record created: 2003 Mar 01 00:00)