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Blue Phantom Plec Ancistrinae sp. L128 Hemiancistrus sp. L128

Category: Catfish - Loricariidae

Size: 14-16cm

Price: £97.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 2 in stock

Water Chemistry: Adaptable

Diet: Adaptable

Care Level: Difficult

Schooling Fish: No

Sociability: Peaceful

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Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 6.8 and Soft
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 14-16cm

Hemiancistrus sp. L128 (Blue Phantom Plec, Ancistrinae sp. L128)

A medium-sized Hemiancistrus with a dark grey to black body and blue-white spots. The spots are most densely packed on the head, thinning out towards the tail. Possibly a regional variant of Hemiancistrus subviridis, L200.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

In common with other Hemiancistrus this species is generally easy to maintain provided water quality is excellent. It is extremely sensitive to pollution and cannot be kept in immature aquaria. High nitrate concentrations must be avoided as well (ideally keep the nitrate level below 20 mg/l). The aquarium needs to be robustly filtered and provided with plenty of water flow and not too much heat.

One of the omnivorous plecs, this Hemiancistrus feeds on algae, soft vegetables such as courgette, bloodworms, catfish pellets and so on. A reasonably useful algae-eater in the aquarium, but its large size can mean that it is disruptive in planted aquaria. It does not eat plants though.

In its natural habitat it lives in fast-water habitats clinging to rocks and sunken wood. Provide similar conditions in the aquarium with an array of smooth boulders, caves, and pieces of bogwood. Combine with midwater fish from similar environments such as large characins and barbs. Not particularly well suited to tanks with limited water flow, so not an ideal choice for tanks containing discus or angelfish.

Territorial towards its own kind and other similar catfish. Has not yet been bred in captivity, though breeding behaviour is presumably similar to that of other Hemiancistrus.

Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution South America: Venezuela and Columbia, Orinoco River
Temperature 22-24C
Size Up to 18 cm
Water Parameters Prefers soft, slightly acidic water conditions; strong water flow and lots of oxygen essential
Water PH 6.0-7.5