Photo: Haakon Haagensen
HYPANCISTRUS sp. L260
Known as the Queen Arabesque Pleco, L260 caused quite a stir when it first arrived in the trade in Germany in 1996. It has a beautiful wormline pattern of dense, swirling white lines against a dark bodycolour and can only be confused with L411 from Rio Jari. This is one of a few Hypancistrus species allowed for export from Brazil, and it’s among the most popular representatives of it’s genus.
Name: Hypancistrus sp. “L260”
Trade names: Queen Arabesque Pleco, L260
Origin: Rio Tapajos, Brazil
Maximum size: 12 cm / 5”
Slightly similar to L411, L260 doesn’t grow as big and has clearer markings.
L260 needs 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 rather small and timid species that should not be exposed to too much competition over food and shelter. 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.