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L333 Hypancistrus sp.
Category: Catfish - Loricariidae
Price: £109.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 9 in stock
Stunning Plecs at XL size.
Best we've ever seen!
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 6.8 and Soft|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Hypancistrus sp. (L333)
A very beautiful medium sized loricariid ideally suited to the discus or Rio Xingu biotope aquarium. Ground colour is dark brown to black with a dense network of fine yellow squiggles on the body. Sexual dimorphism is not strong, limited to the male having more developed odontodes on the cheeks and pectoral fins while the female has a more robust build, particularly when viewed from above.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
As with other Rio Xingu species, this fish will only do well in water of above average temperature that is soft and slightly acidic to neutral in pH. Does not do well in hard, alkaline water. Mixes well with discus, and appreciates similar conditions.
Unlike the more common plecs on the market, this species is an omnivore rather than herbivore. Its preferred diet includes live and frozen invertebrates of various types including bloodworms, brine shrimps, tubifex, etc. Algae wafers should also be used to round out the diet. Very peaceful but rather shy, this species is suited to tanks containing other peaceful species. Do not mix with more aggressive cichlids or catfish that might bully it or prevent it from feeding.
This is a relatively tolerant species that can be kept in groups in sufficiently large aquaria. Has been bred in home aquaria. Large water changes and a rise in temperature seem to be the spawning triggers. Males guard the eggs. The fry are large once they hatch and comparatively easy to rear though rather slow growing.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||South America: Brazil, Rio Xingu|
|Water Parameters||Warm, soft and neutral to slightly acidic water of good quality essential|