Hypancistrus furunculus L199

Photo: Haakon Haagensen


Also known as L199, Hypancistrus furunculus is one of the more rare Hypancistrus species from the Orinoco delta. It has a quite distinct body and head shape that makes it fairly easy to identify, and especially young individuals can show a very beautiful zebra pattern. Compared to other striped Orinoco-based Hypancistrus species, Hypancistrus furunculus has broader stripes.


Name: Hypancistrus furunculus (Armbruster, Lujan & Taphorn, 2007)

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Origin: Rio Atabapo, Venezuela

Maximum size: 13 cm / 5”

Hypancistrus furunculus need an aquarium set up consisting of lots of hiding places in the form of rocks, wood and of course specially made caves that suit their measurements. In these the males will eventually guard their offspring. They prefer water that is fairly warm (27-30 C), soft and slightly acidic. Most of all it should be well oxygenated and clean, so a good filtration system and frequent water changes are essential. It’s a slightly timid and withdrawn species that doesn’t really compete too well for food and territories, so it shouldn’t be placed in a tank with much competition for resources. Among themselves they are fairly peaceful, although males may quarrel for caves and females can sometimes be badly injured or even killed during the breeding-trapping in the male’s cave.

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