Photo: Enrico Richter
HYPANCISTRUS sp. L262
Of all known Hypancistrus species, none have as numerous, dense, small spots as L262. It may slightly resemble L136 and L404, but these grow larger. L262 is now a fairly regular encounter in the trade, as it’s allowed for export from Brazil. It shares the Tapajos river with L260, and interim (crossbreeds?) forms displaying a mix of spots and lines have been found in the river.
Name: Hypancistrus sp. “L262”
Trade names: Stardust Pleco, L262
Origin: Rio Tapajos, Brazil
Maximum size: 10 cm / 4”
L262 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.