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Catfish - Ancistrus tamboensis

Catfish - Ancistrus tamboensis

Scientific name: Ancistrus tamboensis

Common name: Catfish

Family: Loricariidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 8 - 11 cm (3.15 - 4.33 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.4

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 20°N (107.14 - 357.14ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 23 - 28 °C (73.4 - 82.4°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Bog wood must be added to the aquarium as these catfish gnaw on this to aid their digestion. Diet of Ancistrus tamboensis should comprise of mainly vegetable matter, algae wafers, catfish pellets and cucumber are ideal. They will still relish treats of brine shrimp and blood worm.


South America; these catfish are found the basins of the Rio Tambo, Peru.


Males will develop fleshy tentacles around the snout when mature; these will be less dominant or even no-existant on the females.


The males will attract a female to a chosen spawning site, usually a tunnel or crevice, and once she has spawned, the female will be driven out. The male will guard the nest and the fry when they first hatch. After a couple of weeks, the fry should emerge from the nest and can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.


The expected life span for Ancistrus tamboensis is 12 years.

Short description

In the aquarium these catfish will require well oxygenated water with a current. Provide hiding places with bogwood or terracotta piping. They are peaceful and can be added to any community set up.


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