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L227 (Hypostomus sp.)

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A typical large Hypostomus with a russet or pale brown body covered with small, quite widely spaced, dark grey spots. The spots on the head are smaller and more densely packed than those on the body.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Territorial towards its own kind and other plecs of similar shape and size, but peaceful towards other community fish. Requires a mixed diet including algae but also catfish pellets, algae wafers, bloodworms, small pieces of prawn and mussel, and perhaps also bogwood as a source of dietary fibre. Not bred in captivity.

Family Group: L Numbers
Distribution Peru, Rio Ucayali
Temperature 24-28C
Size Up to 30 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.5-7.5

Useful sources of information:

DATZ are the original source of L number information.
Other information on L numbers can be found from the book All L Numbers published by Aqualog.
On the web, a comprehensive source of information on L Numbers and catfish can be found at and also