Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus


Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus
Common Bristlenose Pleco
大胡子琵琶

Common Bristlenose Pleco

Long Fin Bristlenose Pleco

Albino Common Bristlenose Pleco

Long Fin Albino Common Bristlenose Pleco

This fish is also one of the most efficient consumers of troublesome algae around and will work tirelessly to clear any infested tank. This fact, combined with its relatively small size, makes the species a far better choice for the vast majority of tanks than the common plec (Hypostomus sp.), which can reach well over 12" in length. 

Ancistrus sp.  is much hardier than most of the 'fancy' plecs that have become popular in the hobby in recent years. Attractive though these fish undoubtedly are, many require specialised tank and water conditions. 

One point to note is that extreme care should be taken when netting Ancistrus as the cheek odontotes (spines that can be raised in aggression or defence, found on either side of the head) and pectoral spines can easily become entangled in the mesh of aquarium nets.

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