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Albino Ancistrus Pleco

Albino Ancistrus Pleco

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The Ancistrus Pleco (Ancistrus sp.) is a mutation of ancistrus (or Bushynose/Bristlenose pleco) that is defined by having a white body, red eyes, and in maturity, large soft bristle-like appendages growing from the animal's face. This listing is for unsexed juvenile plecos, each one being around 1 inch in length. The colour of this fish varies from white through orange.

These bottom-feeders are herbivores and are excellent algae eaters. While most people buy them as a means of controlling algae in their aquarium, keep in mind that these animals have a high bio-load and produce a lot of waste.

These fish do best in temperatures from the low-70's to low-80's. The males and females tend to stay the same size (approx. 4 inches), but the males grow more impressive "horns" than the felaes do. They should be fed a high-quality plant-based diet, and should have access to natural driftwood to "chew" on to maintain digestive health. The minimum tank size for these plecos is 20 gallons, as they are a smaller species. These fish will live for 10+ under the right conditions.

These fish are very docile. They can become territorial towards other plecos if there is not enough space, particularly the males. These fish can be kept with a wide variety of community and semi-aggressive fish species.

 

(Photo credit "Coast Gem USA")