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Foreword on Ancistrus !

By Francesco Zezza

Let me introduce you to the two “key articles” on Ancistrus, and my spawning attempt.

Breeding loriicarids and namely Ancistrus has always been one of my aims (it’s said to be easy) although, for many years I had the kind of relationship most cichlid lovers should recognize, which basically was "give’em plenty of water, good food and filtration and they will breed on their own".  I have kept many wild caught and aquarium raised specimens during those years but this has not worked for me.

After years of taking this issue very lightly, which means keeping a pair in a tank while my interest and time were devoted to another tank or fish, I decided to give my aquarium raised pair (note: already bred by their previous owner) a SERIOURS (should I say "professional" ?) try !

Most of the information I got during my amazon trip was really useful as were the tons of books I happen to have on (almost all) catfishes. I dealt with this in a very serious way, which resulted in the two articles you are about to read:

·        My breeding protocol for Ancistrus

·        My attempt to breed Ancistus (PICTORIAL)

The first article describes how I worked. With lots of references to what actually happens in their natural habitat (the Amazon forest). Credit due to other people's work is also given, of course.

The second, simpler, article shows how the tank looked like during this process (each separate step is shown). Let me just tell you that at some stages it was… a REAL MESS!!!

All in all: each aspect I could possibly think of has been considered and handled to the very best of my knowledge – and I really hope you’ll enjoy reading thisdiary. There is only one thing I missed in the end, the much sought after Ancistrus fry !

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