Cat-eLog Right Arrow Loricariidae Right Arrow Hypostominae Right Arrow Ancistrus

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Scientific NameAncistrus sp. (4)   
Common NamesFalse L144
Black Eyed Yellow Bristlenose, Citronancistrus (Sweden), Lemon Bristlenose
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 110mm or 4.3" 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.

Similar to the more common albino Ancistrus but with black eyes. Generally inaccurately sold as Ancistrus sp. L144. The true L144 is a different species imported from Paraguay.
SexingTypical 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.
General RemarksThis fish appears to be a form of Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus.
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DistributionThe fish pictured here is of unknown origin and is likely to be a captive bred form.
pH6.2 - 7.2
Temperature21.0-23.0°C or 69.8-73.4°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingTypical for the genus. Feed vegetables, algae wafers, and once a week frozen or live foods.
FurnitureA sand or rounded pebble substrate with rocks forming a few caves. Driftwood also a good idea.
CompatibilityAn ideal community fish.
Suggested TankmatesAppropriate with most community fish that aren't overly big or aggressive.
BreedingSee Shane's World here.
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Registered Keepers(1) synoguy (k: 4), (2) Ak Viking (k: 171), (3) CatBrat, (4) Persephone (p: 2), (5) ThorG, (6) Mel1708, (7) hoplo (k: 57), who also notes: "We now have fry as of 23/8/09", (8) bikerman6660, (9) Devangel, (10) petri, (11) Blue (k: 30), (12) LoL, (13) FuglyDragon (k: 5), who also notes: "Spawns in the same manner as ancistrus sp3. Male guards eggs in cave. Hatching is 5-7 days, free swimming 2 days later. Fry are easy to raise on a typical ancistrus diet.", (14) Daragh (k: 4), (15) Respect, (16) Ben-cgn, (17) Brotox (p: 4), (18) Lornek8, (19) Edris, who also notes: "I've got an albino one with white eyes. ;)", (20) foffo (k: 4), (21) FreshwaterJeff (k: 2), who also notes: "Fairly active diurnally. Introducing these has made my LDA-08's less shy as well. A great community species.", (22) thebirdofprey (k: 121), who also notes: "I have both regular fin and long fin versions of this fish.", (23) Cyberbob, (24) Plank (k: 45), (25) rob1066 (k: 15), (26) prutsprogrammeur (k: 10), (27) cobraconny (k: 4), (28) alenate (k: 6), who also notes: "Breeding group", (29) nuth88 (k: 3), (30) _BaDgUy_ (k: 7), (31) Selveste_Preben (k: 2), (32) firenzenz (k: 6), (33) krazyGeoff (k: 15), (34) defibf (k: 46), (35) Zebadee (k: 2), (36) Troender (k: 3), (37) CoryLoachFreak, (38) Bahney, (39) defi (k: 54), (40) myrheksa (k: 11), (41) TheWetArm (k: 7), (42) Pungen (k: 11), (43) NHL (p: 2, k: 26), who also notes: "Breeding par. 20-50 juveniles pr. mnd.", (44) Ill, (45) john1, (46) Shawnc (k: 10), (47) Leucosticta, (48) The Highlander, (49) MADRacing (k: 2), (50) 78bill, (51) cathje (k: 4), (52) ben757, (53) TetraCrusta, (54) Waterboy (k: 5), (55) junaid (p: 2), (56) wiseoldowl, (57) snaggle, (58) OEOTS, (59) Xplode (k: 14), (60) tvwav, (61) novice, (62) johanx, (63) joviman, (64) Melchior, (65) gem400, (66) gotya, (67) LLLL, (68) kiwiplymouth (k: 105), (69) Bubbles2112, (70) matti2uude (k: 10), (71) Piscis, (72) nomuken, who also notes: "shy pleco...", (73) Lakatu (p: 2), (74) Altifrons, (75) paul b 76, (76) thicis, (77) leej24 (k: 2), (78) tinycichlid1 (k: 37), (79) saphphx (k: 6), (80) buller42 (k: 13), (81) Hitch (k: 8), who also notes: "Longfin", (82) jeffa711 (p: 2), (83) ucdxmisty, (84) Sumners83, (85) Billybob, (86) cichlideakvarie.dk, (87) djtonyel (k: 3), (88) Semtex (k: 4), (89) drd, (90) jha61, (91) GER1023 (k: 4), who also notes: "Nice pleco's keep aquarium clear of algea and diatoms. They do tend to grow very slow. They love to munch on driftwood and especially zuchini more then they like to mess with Algea wafers. ", (92) Elisabeth Dahl (k: 52), (93) Join (k: 11), (94) vega77, (95) 2wheelsx2 (k: 3), who also notes: "3 juvie lfbn calicoes to replace older stock from Davej.", (96) fishman, (97) griffl, (98) Wallace (k: 5), (99) Nx7 (k: 2), (100) Juand15, (101) wkndracer, (102) fuzzytigerbird, (103) Heather2128, (104) EHEIM~ADDICT, (105) vman (k: 42), (106) stefanfischer (k: 12), (107) celticfish, (108) Wraith (k: 2), who also notes: "First spawn 1/05/10", (109) marangmic, (110) darkruse, (111) Esther, who also notes: "Very bold and active fish. He didn't like my panaque :-(", (112) Bijn (k: 4), (113) wimmels (p: 2), (114) colink (k: 6), (115) LeeRoy (k: 9), who also notes: "The Line that I have is albino, with pink eyes.", (116) wolverine2031, (117) Richard B (k: 4), who also notes: "Young via auction, bred by Corywally", (118) Jimski, who also notes: "Brilliant fish!", (119) centropy (k: 2), (120) Donald, (121) fishmanbill (k: 2), (122) john_d (k: 21), (123) [Lex], (124) rayfong, (125) monkiecat (k: 4), (126) Birger Amundsen, (127) catoman (k: 2), (128) zebra1 (p: 2, k: 3), (129) FISHFREAK2, (130) hrryf, (131) greyfox, (132) allim (k: 3), (133) James165 (k: 5), who also notes: "A very acctive pleco currently have one large male and four 1 inch juvis", (134) DOThack (p: 2), (135) Ursus sapien, who also notes: "Albino", (136) mistern2005 (p: 2, k: 9), who also notes: "Keep in a small 10 gallon grow out tank", "These are the long finned variety", (137) jp11biod, (138) boyneburn, (139) snowflake311, (140) dreville, (141) dt23, (142) Torb (k: 27), (143) Kampfer, (144) reefdive, (145) catfishhunter, (146) FFTRIP, (147) duequattro (p: 2), (148) adcc (k: 3), (149) mozart625, (150) baspen, (151) jamos (p: 2), (152) henward, (153) Matthijs (k: 4), (154) Devmeister, (155) [LeX], (156) zeecai, (157) shooter50014 (k: 72), (158) chriscarnivorous (p: 2), (159) Brisch, (160) theMEANone, (161) BernieEcht, (162) eyal8a, (163) jeroenvankeulen (k: 2), (164) BarryA (k: 8), (165) pereli (k: 4), (166) dj_rose, (167) soccerwardox, (168) çaykaralı (p: 2), (169) psyk1, (170) cpu4998, (171) BudgetFish, (172) msheresy (k: 2), (173) hovlandl, (174) Xoffus, who also notes: "A very active catfish, goes well with my other 2 catfish, eats of wood, plants and glass, one of my favourites in my tank.", (175) Anthony King, (176) Zulan, (177) rodney, (178) stezatois, (179) AlphaWolf1995 (k: 6), (180) jsalas623 (k: 4), (181) kitbuilder, (182) linuxrulesusa (k: 4), (183) ChristianS, (184) labyazilim (k: 515), (185) dragonstyle (k: 2), (186) Atmichaels (k: 5), (187) Cristoffer Forssander, (188) crazyjock (k: 5), (189) Bjørn, (190) chaim76, (191) rimmerhusfisk (p: 2, k: 56), (192) lilu, who also notes: "Possibly female.", (193) EsoticoAquatics (k: 3), who also notes: "L-144 "Blue Eye" Short-Fin, Bristle-Nose Plecostomus "Ancistrus" Sp. PH: 6.2 to 7.2 and 69 to 74 degrees (F) Adult Size: 3 to 4+ inches Originally imported from Paraguay", (194) frog72 (k: 36), (195) citizencurt, (196) seriouslycichlids (k: 36), (197) Ecrevince (k: 27), (198) Jdmcfast, (199) madattiver, (200) Rebel00357 (k: 6), (201) CodOnMyRod, (202) Silurius, (203) schant, who also notes: "This is either sp(4) or L144.", (204) mikemaes (k: 2), (205) kimbo, (206) lightseeker5000 (k: 28), who also notes: "Received a bunch of 1" juveniles earlier in 2013. One has a large black patch at the base of its tail. haven't decided what to do with all of them. letting them grow up in the meantime.", (207) PiggyCutie (p: 2, k: 6), who also notes: "2 juveniles from 2nd spawn. Approximately 20 fry from 3rd spawn. 1st spawn complete failure 1 fry died, eggs were unsuccessful. 3rd spawn female retained some eggs.", (208) Tony C, (209) Svenssen, (210) flatfish, (211) mouyichen, (212) LostYeti (k: 2), (213) cypho23, (214) missplecolover, (215) jorgehdzy, (216) tyler22 (p: 2), (217) Igor Hotasi Simamora (k: 9), who also notes: "I have short and long fins/tails, black and albino bodies, and black and red eyes.", (218) via_mala, (219) plecokim, (220) Ingvald Arne Meland, (221) Sandraaustin, (222) Marine590622 (p: 2), (223) langley01, (224) festaedan (k: 3), who also notes: "Very fun plecos. They grow slower than your regular bns", (225) Asset, (226) Divemaster (k: 2), (227) hdbikersbabe (k: 5), (228) Peacefish, (229) bethscofield, (230) FishnFins (p: 2), (231) Brucifer, (232) 4evercories, (233) granny (k: 6), (234) jamesleagas, (235) TorillNB, (236) samyhazan, (237) lohachata, (238) Tamcon83 (k: 10), (239) nytenoir (k: 2), who also notes: "2 blue eyed variety", (240) monsterfishkeeper, (241) ahasting, (242) TownForkCreek, who also notes: "This is a true albino, with pink eyes, so I probably have it misidentified. Please correct me.", (243) MarlonnekeW, (244) Angelwankel, (245) Truls warhuus, (246) mickf1, (247) Nuwar, (248) Steven Jansen 72 (p: 2, k: 102), (249) Garfield1969, (250) And3rs, (251) Mathias, (252) Stroudygirl (k: 2), (253) Lee1980, (254) Localhobo4u, (255) PlecFan (k: 12), (256) joshuasmith94, (257) Hoffmann, (258) L80KR (k: 70), (259) shrimpkeeper222, (260) muffy, (261) Lemmen (k: 31), (262) FishJunky, (263) Tash784 (p: 2), (264) aquaoahu, (265) hopiwas, (266) ajw9356 (k: 37), (267) angel_fish, (268) Rshore, (269) YSR50 (p: 2, k: 6), (270) sapphire, (271) comadrreja, (272) catfishchaos, (273) thefredpit (k: 3), (274) Deb, (275) saki (k: 4).

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Breeding Reports(1) krazyGeoff (b: 61), (2) CodOnMyRod (b: 48), (3) Zulan (b: 39), (4) labyazilim (b: 39), (5) Cristoffer Forssander (b: 38), (6) Mathias (b: 37), (7) jamos (b: 36), (8) madattiver (b: 19), (9) Devmeister (b: 13), (10) djtonyel (b: 12), (11) Ecrevince (b: 10), (12) Tamcon83 (b: 10), (13) mistern2005 (b: 8), (14) Elwood (b: 7).
Articles
Article - Shane's World Reproduction My experiences breeding L144
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