Ancistrus sp. 'longfin blue eye lemon' (false L144)

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This South American Loricariidae is only to be found in the hobby and of unsure origin. Usually sold under the L-number L144 although this is false, the real L114 pleco is a different species. There is a normal and long finned variation of this species in the hobby. They are productive and usually breed easily. Note that the species below might possibly be categorized as a long finned amelanistic form of Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus.

Care tips

  • Strong water current
  • Highly oxygenated water preferred
  • Prefers lower temperatures
  • Thought to be an omnivore with emphasis on a plant-based diet
  • Avoid prolonged high protein diet
  • Peaceful but slightly territorial pleco
  • Provide bog-wood and hiding places
  • Provide fresh vegetables (blanch first)
  • Longfin variation might be more prone to diseases

Ancistrus sp. 'longfin blue eye lemon' is also known by L144 pleco, false L144 pleco, Ancistrus sp., Bristlenose catfish, Bristlenose pleco, Veiltail bristlenose, Longfin blue eye lemon bristlenose, Longfin black eye lemon, Black eyed yellow bristlenose and Lemon Bristlenose.

Below you can find the Long finned blue eye lemon bristlenose pleco that my father and I have kept. You might also be interested in the Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus 'longfin super red' and Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus articles.

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Photo gallery

This photo gallery contains images. Photos were taken between 2015 and 2016. Latest photos are always at the top. Click on each image for full-screen view.

Video gallery

This video gallery contains videos of my Ancistrus sp. pleco group. Latest videos are always at the top.

Longfin blue eye lemon bristlenose pleco group

This video demonstrates several tanks with this species.

  • ~200 liter aquarium tank
  • Claiming the spot
  • Video capture date 2015