Photo: Lars Jamne
ANCISTRUS sp. L180
There are so many Ancistrus species that look similar to these, which makes it really difficult to know which one you have unless you know where it originates from. L180 hails from Rio Lageado (Maranhão), Brazil, and serves as another nice looking easy-mainteance alternative to the more common forms of Ancistrus in the hobby.
Name: Ancistrus sp.L180
Trade names: L180
Origin: Rio Lageado, Rio Tocantins, Brazil
Maximum TL: 15 cm / 10”
L180 has a slightly flatter bodyshape than the more common L71, and it has fewer spots than the otherwise very similar L213 from Rio Tapajos. L180 is not allowed for export from Brazil at the moment, and with it’s fairly unoriginal looks it’s existence in the hobby will depend on dedicated breeders. It’s a very easy to care for and hardy species, even suitable for normal community aquariums. It’s a good algae eater, but it should be fed a varied diet nonetheless. Males develop the typical bristles