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Woodeating lasiancistrus - Lasiancistrus tentaculatus

Woodeating lasiancistrus - Lasiancistrus tentaculatus

Scientific name: Lasiancistrus tentaculatus

Common name: Woodeating lasiancistrus

Family: Loricariidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 10 - 12 cm (3.94 - 4.72 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.3 - 7

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 3 - 16°N (53.57 - 285.71ppm)

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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

As the common name suggests, Woodeating lasiancistrus will digest wood in the tank, this must be added to the tank. To supplement this offer them spirulina flake, algae wafers, blanched spinach and shelled peas. Try to avoid giving them high protein foods.


South America; Woodeating lasiancistrus are found in the waterways of Venezuela and Colombia.


When viewed from above the females will have a plumper body shape, this is more noticeable when they are full of eggs.


Lasiancistrus tentaculatus are secretive spawners, both parents will disappear for a couple of days to spawn, the number of eggs will be small, about 50 per batch and they will be a yellowish colour. They should hatch 2-3 days later and the fry will have a large yolk sac to feed from but even with this they will start to graze on any algae near them.


The expected life span for Lasiancistrus tentaculatus is 10 years.

Short description

Lasiancistrus tentaculatus are a very peaceful fish with a unique diet for its genus. As mentioned above wood must be added to the tank but any other décor is optional. They will appreciate a water flow in the tank.


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