Aquarium Fish

Spinny-Acanthicus L-160

posted: 05/15/12
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Spinny-Acanthicus L-160
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The Spinny-Acanthicus, also known as Chocolate Chip Spiny Plecostomus or Spiny Monster, comes from the rivers and tributaries of South America. It is brown with black spots covering the entire body and fins resembling chocolate chips. The Spinny-Acanthicus makes a good addition to any community aquarium.

Planted aquariums with hardy, fast-growing plants, high aeration, and water movement provide a healthy environment. Rocks and driftwood help to accent a natural habitat and provide hiding spaces to reduce the stress for the Spinny-Acanthicus. A recommended minimum tank of 75 gallons should be provided to house this fish.

The Spinny-Acanthicus has not been bred in an aquarium setting and little is known about their breeding habits.

Feeding the Spinny-Acanthicus is not difficult since it is not a finicky eater. Feeding off the bottom of the aquarium, it gets most of its nutrition from left over food and algae. If there is no algae or left over food present, supplement with high quality flake food, sinking carnivore pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex.

Ideal tank mates include: Angelfish, Discus, African Cichlids, South American Cichlids, Tetras, Barbs, Danios, Rasboras, Gouramis, Rainbowfish, Guppies, Platies, Mollies, Swordtails, Loaches, Plecos and Scavenger Catfish.

Fish Facts

Name: Spinny-Acanthicus L-160 (Pseudacanthicus spinosus)

Family: Loricariidae

Range: South America

Size: Up to 12 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks, driftwood

Tank Conditions: 67-75°F; pH 6.5-7.4; dH 6-10

Minimum Tank Capacity: 75 gallons

Light: Low

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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