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Ancistrinae sp. L128

Photos by Nikos Tsitouras /MCH

Profile - by Marina Parha

Ancistrinae (also referred as Hemiancistrus), L128

Name

Ancistrinae (Hemiancistrus), L128

Description

Blue Phantom

Family

Loricariidae

Size in cm

15 cm

Distribution

Rio Orinoco, Venezuela and Colombia

Water Parameters

pH 6-7, temperature 22-25 C, soft, well oxygenated fast flowing water. This is a sensitive fish and experience is required to keep it in a tank. The water should always be pristine and very clear.

Sexing and Breeding

There are no references to sexing and breeding. The fish is considered to be a cave spawner.

Feeding

From a young age (4 cm onwards) it will easily eat bloodworm, grindal worm, white worm and blackworm, finely chopped prawn and cockle. I also feed mine white shrimp, which they adore. The fish requires vegetables and algae for a balanced diet. Once acclimatized it will also accept commercially prepared food.

Behaviour in Captivity

A sociable and non-aggressive fish, ideal for community tanks. It can easily get adjusted to lower flow of water provided that this is well oxygenated. It gets stressed when bullied by more aggressive tankmates, which can result in losses, particularly in young age.

The fish is commercially available at a young age, though this results in high mortality rates. It has been suggested that L128s are the northern variation of L200 though this view has not been yet substantiated. L128s are much more sensitive then L200s to adverse tank conditions. Its growth rate is extremely slow.

Provide the tank with rounded stones and lots of cracks and crevices, where the fish will hide. 

Differences in the appearance of the fish have been noted. L128s are usually referred to as indigo blue or black fish with pale blue spots. Most of the fish commercially available are bluish-green with white spots. This, as in the case of the L200, is a colour variation possibly due to the acidity of the water in the natural habitat of each particular fish. Differences of the shape of the caudal fin have also been observed.

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