Ancistrus sp.
Catfish - L-numbers (Plecostomus)

Ancistrus sp.
Ancistrus, beard mouth narrow, blue beard mouth narrow, L144

Scientific name:
Ancistrus sp.
Former scientific name:
Ancistrus temminckii
Ancistrus dolichopterus
Common Names:
Ancistrus, beard mouth narrow, blue beard mouth narrow, L144
Natural habitat:
Originally from the Amazon area of South America.

Photo © Mark Smith

Herbivore and omnivore. Vegetable food is in aquariums absolutely necessary. However, this may gladly be supplemented with other food such as ordinary flakes and small frozen food. If it does not get enough vegetable diet, it can eat the plants. There should also be a soft tree root in the aquarium on which it can gnaw. It's a good algae eater.
The Beard mouth moth is very easy to get to spawn and is a substrate breeder that spawns in caves or other holes. The, up to 200, yellowish eggs are guarded by the male. The species is peaceful, but somewhat territorial towards males of the same species.
The aquarium should contain many hiding places, preferably things such as roots and stones.
It can be kept without problems in most communitytanks and if you give them a lot of veggie food, they can also be kept in plant aquariums (however, fine-leaved plants should be avoided).
Males have long “tentacles” on the anterior part of the head. The tentacles of females are considerably shorter.
The origin of this “species” is very unclear and likely concerns various aquarium strains into which is cross bred with wild-caught specimens from different species.

In addition to the usual one, there are also other aquarium strains such as albino, yellow with black eyes, a chessboard variant, long-finned, etc. The Beard mouth moth is a very popular aquarium fish and the main reason for this is that it is a good algae eater.

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