Pleco – White Seam or Starlight Bristlenose Catfish L183 Ancistrus Dolichopterus
The A. dolichopterus demands good care and attention from the onset as this species of imported fish are initially frail or delicate. Once they are acclimatized, your fish can be kept without any problem in harder water, however, softer water is admittedly best with acidic pH in the region of 5.0 – 6.5 which one should provide if planning on breeding. This species is significantly more demanding than others in this Genus. Breeding is still very possible at a somewhat higher pH. In the first few weeks of life the young fish have really very few spots and a vertical white seam on the tail fin which disappears shortly thereafter.
Plenty of hiding places should be provided for this fish so that it can feel comfortable and reduce stress. It prefers to be more active at night when it feels more secure. The bushy nose are good eaters, and are not finicky about what they eat. While it will scavenge for some food, it must also be fed a good quality algae disc or wafer in order to maintain good health and ingest protein.
Shipping size: 1.75 to 3″