Fast facts on Hypancistrus sp. "King Tiger Pleco" L066
by Francesco Zezza
FOREWORD: Its always the same "old" story each of you know pretty well! When dealing with messy importers (like the one I visit every now and then) you get almost NO information that, sometimes, is better than wrong information. This being said all I can tell you is that this fish (almost all loriicarids come from South America) comes from Brasil. The above mentioned fellow has a Brasilian wife I found this fish on sale under the common - and wrong - name of Peckoltia "tigre" (where tigre stands for tiger). This fact reminds me about:
Then finally - Julian Dignall (www.planetcatfish.com) stated this fish is a (possibly a female specimen) of Hypancistrus sp. "King Tiger Pleco" L066. You may check fore more details and pics the Cat-eLog area of that site.
Biotope: Amazon Basin (South America), nothing more: sorry!
Tank: If you take its size into consideration (currently about 11-12 cm; roughly 4 inches) tank size should definitely not be a problem. Since this is a wild caught specimen, the fish was initially quarantined (although it was sold to me as "already quarantined") in a 75 liters tank and was then moved to the 500 lt tank. Since I don't have the slightest idea about its final size, I can only make guesses but my experience tells me that this tank will fit its needs even when fully grown.
Water chemistry: I should say neutral to slighty alkaline water. This is a general recommendation for fishes living in the Amazon basin although I will add that in Cocha of Yannachi, in Peru we found a pH as high as 7.0!)
Spawning: Well, beyond the fact no result can be reached with only ONE fish, I have to admit my failure: I didn't manage to spawn even the (supposed) easiest catfish ever - the Ancistrus, so
Food: All members of this genus are reported to like (a bit more than other loriicarids) meaty foods. I tend to agree, hence: carnivore sinking pellets, frozen food, bloodworms, mosquito larvae are included in the diet. NEVER forget almost all loriicarids like to chew wood
Tank Mates: I succesfully tried the following species: middle sized characins, other catfishes (not only loricariids but also, for instance, dorarids), small cichlids and more.
And now, as usually some pictures; they worth ten thousand words ...
Here's the "newcomer"
A ventral view.
"Swimming" in the container which was used to carry him to its final destination.
This picture should help you to observe the details and get an impression about the actual fish size. I wonder, is he / she an adult?