Cat-eLog Right Arrow Loricariidae Right Arrow Hypostominae Right Arrow Pseudacanthicus

Jump to next section Cat-eLog Data Sheet
Scientific Name Pseudacanthicus sp. (L065)  , 1990
Common Names L065, Blizzard Cactus Pleco
Mustang Cactus Pleco
Pronunciation SUE dah KAN thi cuss
Etymology Pseud- Greek: False, Acanthicus - Greek: Spiny, Thorny. Literally "False Acanthicus" referring to this genus being similar to, yet different from, Acanthicus
Jump to next section Species Information
Size 200mm or 7.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Aqualog matches DATZ.
Sexing Aqualog matches DATZ.
General Remarks This L-number belongs to an obviously young fish. These fish are very variable both in terms of juvenile Vs. adult colouration and simply colouration differences between individuals of the same age!
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution Reportedly from the Rio Tocantins, Pará, Brazil.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tocantins (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Jump to next section Husbandry Information
Feeding Carnivore although not a predator, prawns and chopped mussel appear favourites and promote favourable growth. Some vegetable should also be provided and thus balances diet.
Furniture Proportionally sized pieces of bogwood (the fish does not appear to particularly like rockwork) are a good idea as are equally dimensioned pipes. Plants are just a nuisance to this fish and while not orally molested, they tend to be battered by the fishes movement.
Compatibility Generally peaceful but territorial from a young age. Some large specimens are aggressively territorial and may cause problems if housed with other large nocturnal fish.
Suggested Tankmates The temptation with large tough Loricariids is to keep them with other large tough fish such as Oscars or other brutish characters. This actually works quite well with most omnivorous or mainly vegetarian plecos. Pseudacanthicus despite their defensive protection can be bullied by faster moving fish of similar size. They are carnivores and only eat vegetables when their preferred food is unavailable. The amount of waste produced depends on their diet but is considerably less than a Panaque or Pterygoplichthys of similar size.
Breeding Unknown although almost certainly a cave / pipe spawner.
Breeding Reports There are 3 breeding reports, read them all here.
Jump to next section Further Information
Registered Keepers Keeping this species? Why not .
There are 24 registered keepers, view all "my cats" data.
Wishlists Love this species? Click the heart to add it to your wish list.
There is but a single wish to keep this species, see who wants what.
Spotters Spotted this species somewhere? Click the binoculars!
There are 5 records of this fish being seen, view them all.
More on Pseudacanthicus sp. (L065)
Look up AquaticRepublic.com Look up Pseudacanthicus sp. (L065) on AquaticRepublic.com
BBCode (use in forum posts)
(species permalink)
Get or print a QR code for this species profile, or try our LFS label creator.
Hits 42604 hits.
Last Update 2013 Jul 19 17:59 (species record created: 2002 May 19 00:00)