L246 (Hypostomus sp.)
A large, grey-brown catfosh with widely spaced, off-white spots on the body and fins. The spots and finer and more densely packed on the head and space out towards the tail.
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||Brazil, Rio São Francisco|
|Size||Up to 30 cm|
|Water Parameters||L Numbers are tolerant of most water conditions as long as extremes are avoided.|
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 www.planetcatfish.com and also www.scotcat.com