Spotted Medusa Bristlenose
Other Spotted Medusa Bristlenose Names:
Spotted Medusa Bristlenose, Spotted Medusa Pleco, Spotted Pancake Bristlenose
Spotted Medusa Bristlenose Scientific Name:
Ancistrus sp. l255
Spotted Medusa Bristlenose Temperament:
Species Type: Plecostomus
Spotted Medusa Bristlenose Adult Size: 6.5 inches (cm)
Spotted Medusa Bristlenose Life Expectancy: 14 years
Spotted Medusa Bristlenose Habitat: South American Rivers
Spotted Medusa Bristlenose Minimum Tank Size:
Peaceful and timid.
Spotted Medusa Bristlenose Diet & Nutrition:
Omnivorous - Does well with fresh green vegetables such as spinach, zucchini, romaine lettuce or cucumber slices but also enjoys meatier foods such as shrimp pellets, freeze dried shrimp, tubifex worms or brine shrimp.
Spotted Medusa Bristlenose Description:
These fish necessitate clean water, free of nitrogenous contaminants. As timid feeders, they must be established on a steady diet of bloodworms, sinking pellets, and the occasional vegetable before being introduced into a community tank. They do eat algae, but sparingly. Tankmates should be comprised of small, schooling Characins/Cyprinids or larger, slow moving and peaceful Cichlids such as Pterophyllum sp. Boisterous and otherwise aggressive feeders should be avoided. Cover should be provided.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Barbs, Tetras, Firemouth Meekis, Discus
Spotted Medusa Bristlenose Breeding & Spawning:
These guys are relatively easily bred. To breed them, use PVC pipe that is just large enough for them to enter, and then tightly secure themselves with they raise their fins. The female will lay her eggs inside the "cave" and the male will then fertilize them, protect them, and fan them with his fins to oxygenate them. Do not remove the parents as the male guards the eggs and new born fry until they venture out into the open world. The eggs take about five days to hatch. Use a pH of around 6.8.
Determining Spotted Medusa Bristlenose Sex:
Males retain a substantially bushier set of rostral cutaneous processes, coinciding with the usual procedure in which to sex the genus. In fishes of similar age, females tend to be smaller, but relative size is by no means a precise way to determine gender.
Spotted Medusa Bristlenose Diseases:
None specific to species.
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