All assigned numbers:
Black eyed yellow bristlenose
Yellow/golden with black eyes although there are blue eyed L144 too
Not an overly aggresive bristlenose but they do need their own territory otherwise will fight with conspecifics.
Sexing and Breeding:
Sexing is the same as other ancistrus, males develop bristles round the snout and up the middle of the snout(usually one line), females may or may not develop bristles round the snout but never up the snout.Adult females are wider when viewed from above. Breeding is pretty easy, they are cave spawners but chances are, they will find somewhere if no caves available( may not be suitable) they aren't too fussed by the water parameters but will need good conditions for the fry.
An omnivore which should be more towards a veggie based diet with occasional meaty foods. It is also thought that wood should be supplied for Ancistrus species as they may eat lignin which is found in bogwood, this is presumed due to the fact that they have very long guts similar to panaques. They also extract Aufwuchs from the organic layer that devlops on the wood over time. Veggies such as courgette, deshelled peas, green beans, bell peppers will all be readily accepted from a young age.
Tolerant of most water conditions but should be acclimatized properly if there is a large difference in ph, hardness or temp when being moved.The minimum size tank would be 60 Litres which contains wood and plenty of hiding places.Plants are optional
See post below. For questions and comments, please use original thread herehttp://www.plecoplanet.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6265
The L144 that is commonly sold in shops today is very unlikely to be the true L144. There was an original L144 which was a male, it was initially bred with females of it's same
species (different than commons) until the L144 line was developed. Somewhere along time, either the L144 line was bred into the common line or a similar mutation developed in the common line. However, the original L144 line was believed to be a singlular species while the "new" L144 are L144xCommon hybrids or Leucistic Commons.