Hemiancistrus sp. (L128)

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The impressively colored Hemiancistrus sp. (L128) pleco is a South American Loricariidae that according to planetcatfish is found in Rio Orinoco, Puerto Ayacucho and downstream. They are very similar to Hemiancistrus subviridis (L200), in fact they might be the same species.

Care tips

  • Prefers good water current
  • Omnivore
  • Is not a picky eater
  • Provide stonework and rounded boulders
  • Can be more difficult to acclimatize and keep vs L200 pleco

Hemiancistrus sp. (L128) is also known by Blue phantom pleco and L128 pleco.

Below you can find photo and video collection of the L128 pleco that I have kept. From my experience this species is not that territorial and pretty active during the day.

Please contact me if the provided information is faulty.

Photo gallery

This photo gallery contains images. Photos were taken between 2010 and 2011. Latest photos are always at the top. Click on each image for full-screen view.

Video gallery

This video gallery contains videos of my L128 pleco. Latest videos are always at the top.

Hemiancistrus sp. (L128) video

This capture shows closeups of a young adult L128 pleco.

  • Video capture date 2010-2011
  • Also displayed Hemiancistrus guahiborum L106 or Pseudancistrus sp. L122, Cherry shrimps (Neocaridina davidi) and couple other plecos