Medusa Pleco (Ancistrus ranunculus)

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Medusa Pleco

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Medusa Pleco

Ancistrus ranunculus

57 Litres (15 US G.)

11.4-12.7cm (4.5-5 ")




6.5 - 7.0

25 -28 °C (77-82.4°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-8 years



Additional names

Medusa Pleco, L034

Sexing[edit | edit source]

The female is slightly broader than the male. Males have a larger number of bristles on the nose.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful Pleco with other tank mates. Do not keep with too many other bottom-dwellers or Plecos if not enough hiding places are provided to avoid any aggression.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept most foods including catfish and algae wafers, appreciates bogwood in the diet and will also take meaty foods such as brine shrimp and daphnia.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day, may be more active when the lights are off.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Prefers a spacious and well filtered tank with hiding places, bogwood, rounded stones and caves provided.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful, mostly nocturnal, Pleco.

Identification[edit | edit source]

This Pleco has long branched bushy "bristles" when mature, mostly so on the males, which is unique in the Ancistrus family. The Medusa's bristles are long and thick. Its body is dark brown/black and slightly mottled, the belly is pale.

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