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Yellow-Ancistrus L-144

posted: 05/15/12
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Yellow-Ancistrus L-144
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The Yellow-Ancistrus, also known as Albino Gold Bushy Nose Plecostomus, comes from the Amazon Basin of South America. It is gold in color and is much smaller than most Plecostomus. The common name for this catfish comes from bristle-like appendages that are present in the mouth area. The Yellow-Ancistrus will make a good addition to any community aquarium.

Planted aquariums with 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 Yellow-Ancistrus. A recommended minimum tank of 30 gallons should be provided to house this fish.

Breeding in an aquarium is relatively easy with this species and occurs mostly during the winter months. If a mature pair has been attained, they can be triggered to spawn in the month of November by doing a 75 percent water change. Remove the fry after they have hatched, and feed them peeled, mashed peas that have been passed through an Artemia sieve.

Feeding the Yellow-Ancistrus 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: Yellow-Ancistrus L-144 (Ancistrus sp. temmincki)

Family: Loricariidae

Range: South America

Size: Up to 4.5 inches

Diet: Omnivore

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

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; pH 6.5-7.4; dH 8-12

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallons

Light: Low

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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