Ancistrus sp. L213

Photo: Lars Jamne


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. L213 comes from Rio Tapajos, Brazil, and serves as another nice looking easy-mainteance alternative to the more common forms of Ancistrus in the hobby.


Name: Ancistrus sp. L213

Trade names: L213

Origin: Rio Tapajos, Brazil

Maximum TL: 15 cm / 6”

L213 has more and denser spots than the otherwise very similar L71/L180. L213 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 on their noses, and if proper caves are present they will easily breed if well conditioned, and usually produce around 30 eggs per clutch.

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