Spotted medusa pleco - Ancistrus sp. L255
Scientific name: Ancistrus sp. L255
Common name: Spotted medusa pleco
Usual size in fish tanks: 14 - 16 cm (5.51 - 6.3 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 8 - 14°N (142.86 - 250ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 27 - 30 °C (80.6 - 86°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
Spotted medusa pleco does well on cucumber, romaine lettuce, shrimp pellets, and spinach. Offer occasional treats of blood worm and Tubifex.
South America; Spotted medusa pleco’s inhabit the rivers and tributaries.
Males have more bristles on their heads and the females are often smaller.
PVC piping makes a good spawning site for Ancistrus sp. L255. The female will spread her fins and lay her eggs inside, after this the male will tend the eggs fanning the water. The male will protect the eggs which should hatch 4-5 days later. The fry will venture out a few days after that. They should be fed initially on newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span of Ancistrus sp. L255 is 12- 14 years.
Spotted medusa pleco’s are a shy and timid fish, tank mates should be chosen carefully. Slow moving cichlids or charachins are ideal. Hiding places should be added to the tank as they tend to hide away during the daytime.
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