Ancistomus sp. L387

Photo: Enrico Richter


L387 is maybe the nicest of the Ancistomus species. It has a deep, orange colour covered in black spots on it’s head and stripes/blotches on it’s back. It’s a rare import from Colombia, but luckily there are breeders out there who contribute to the existence of the species in our hobby. It has a great potential to become a popular l-number even among less experienced aquarists due to it’s hardiness and good looks.


Name: Ancistomus sp. L387

Trade names: L387

Origin: Rio Meta, Rio Cinaruco, Colombia.

Maximum size: 13 cm / 5”

This species is rare. It first came in as bycatch together with L147 and L340, and later even on it’s own in limited numbers. It’s called Peckoltia by some aquarists, and is among the smaller Ancistomus species.  In aquarium L387 is an easy to keep omnivore, that should be fed a various diet and kept under normal good conditions with good water hygiene. Adult males are territorial towards each other, and an be told apart from the females by their bigger, broader head and more excessive odontodal growth.

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