Hypostomus sp. - L075 - Fast Fact Sheet
Fast facts on Hypostomus sp. L075.
Biotope: Rio de Para; in the Amazon area (Brasil). This fish is also known (according to Aqualog: Loricariidae all the L-numbers) with the name of Ancistrus Venezuela L124 of course originating from Venezuela (check pages 34 and 51): I wonder why. Among the usual (and disliked not only by myself) common names I have to mentioned at least two: Para Pleco and Big Spot Hypostomus. L-number is, so far, clear: L075
Tank: I currently keep it in a 125 lt/tank (33 US Gals or so) aquascaped with gravel, rock, bogwoods and some Microsorium pteropus. Its actual size (about 10cm; 4 inches) is said to, almost, double and its space needs will result in, at least, a 300 lt tank.
Water chemistry: Its water quality requirements are (according to the same book): Water temp 22°-25° C (71°-77° F); a pH in the range of 6.5-7.2; not too bright lightning.
Spawning: Reported to be an egg-layer (quite common among loriicarids). I happen to have a single specimen. As a matter of fact it is my latest addition to the “Pleco collection”.
Food: Will accept any kind of food (as far it’s reported and I tend to agree): dry food (tablets) of animal and vegetal origin.
· M’buna! Believe it or not he’s done marvellously well in my M’buna tank. That’s why I point Your attention to this (not so easy to find) fish: it’s a nice – even if not that natural – addition to an African cichlid tank.
· Then I quitted (regrettably I should say) with M’bunas and right now its tank mates happen to be two pair of Cryptoheros nanoluteus (cichlids originating from Panama: a present from Juan Miguel Artigas Azas) and a wild – male - Ancistrus collected during my trip to Peru.
Also this time: so far so good …