Ancistrus dolichopterus

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This beautiful South American Loricariidae is likely to be found in upper and middle Brazilian Amazon River basin. The name of this species is misused in the past. This species is distinguished by dorsal fin having one hard and nine soft rays.

Care tips

  • Provide good water current
  • Acidic black water
  • Highly oxygenated water preferred
  • Thought to be an omnivore
  • Peaceful but slightly territorial pleco
  • Provide bog-wood and hiding places
  • Sensitive to poor water conditions

Ancistrus dolichopterus is also known by L183 pleco, Starlight bristlenose catfish, Starlight bushymouth catfish and Dolly pleco. Synonym to Xenocara dolichoptera and Hypostoma punctatum.

Below you can find the Ancistrus dolichopterus that I have kept back in 2008. Please note that I am not fully certain that this species is an A. dolichopterus. You might also be interested in the Ancistrus sp. 'longfin blue eye lemon' (false L144) , Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus 'longfin super red' and Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus articles.

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