All assigned numbers:
Peckoltia sp L012
Orange fin Xingu Pleco
Xingu River near Altamira, Iriri River near Para, Brasil
young fish have stunning orange tail markings. The L012 is the juvenile form and L013 the adult form.
Mainly peaceful but can be a little territorial, this can be combated by providing plenty of hiding places and not over crowding. They do like fast flowing water.
Sexing and Breeding:
Males develop odontodes on the front pectoral fins whereas females don't. Females are wider across the girth which is easier to see when viewed from above. Breeding is unknown so far. Apparently cave spawners.
An omnivore that leans towards a meatier diet, so the main diet should consist of meaty foods such as frozen foods (tubifex, mosquito larvae, blood worms, artemia), dry foods (freeze-dried foods, flakes, granules), carnivore sinking pellets, and occasionally some small pieces of shrimp, mussels or fish fillet. Once acclimatized, it may also accept vegetable matter such as algae/spirulina disks and fresh vegetables (lettuce, zucchini/courgette, eggplant/aubergine, capsicum, carrot, peas, preboiled spinach).
temperature 26-30C or 79-86F and ph 5 - 7
approx 20cm / 7.87 inch
not reported to PP so far
Usually incorrectly labelled as the L163. Also known as Ancistomus/Hemiancistrus sp L012/L013.
Photo thanks to Ingo Seidel Back to Nature.
Further info from www.welsfans.de
updated by bigbird 18apr12