Starlight Bristlenose Catfish (Ancistrus dolichopterus)

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Starlight Bristlenose Catfish

Starlight Bristlenose Catfish

Ancistrus dolichopterus

57 Litres (15 US G.)

8.9-10.2cm (3.5-4 ")




6.0 - 7.0

22.8-27.8°C (73 -82 °F)

5-19 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

Starlight Bristlenose Catfish, Bushymouth Catfish, L183

Additional scientific names

Hypostoma punctatum, Xenocara dolichoptera

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Mature males have soft "tentacles" all across the nose, the females have very few or none at all.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A peaceful catfish that would do well in a community tank. Do not keep with other Plecos as they can be territorial.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Primarily vegetarian taking algae wafers, blanched vegetables and algae from its environment. Will also eat bloodworms and other frozen foods.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day. May be more willing to eat after lights out.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Prefers soft water, can be kept in blackwater conditions and will thrive if kept so. Appreciates wood décor and hiding places. Can be a heavy waste producer so good filtration is a must.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Can be territorial towards other Plecos including its own species, but these territories are small so if the environment is large and varied enough several can be housed together.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Similar to its cousin the Bristlenose Catfish but less often seen. The body colour is black with very small pin-pricks of white spots all over, the edge of the caudal fin is banded with white.

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