L255 Spotted Medusa Pleco (Ancistrus sp.)

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A colorful and uniquely-shaped Loricariid, the L255 Spotted Medusa Pleco is distinguished from similar species by the bright white spots covering most of the body. Like its close relative the L034, it is found in the clear, fast-moving waters of the Xingu in Brazil where it inhabits rocky shallows. In the aquarium, they prefer clean, well-oxygenated water and ample hiding places in the form of rocks, driftwood, or caves. Although both males and females have extensive bristles on the nose, mature males are easy to distinguish as the bristles grow to a huge size. An omnivore by nature, they will readily accept veggies, sinking prepared foods like Fluval Bug Bites Pleco formula, or Repashy Gel Diet.

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Description

L255 Spotted Medusa Pleco (Ancistrus sp.)

Origin: Wild Brazil
Locale: Rio Xingu
Diet: Omnivore and scavenger – should be fed both vegetable-based and protein-rich feeds in the aquarium
Adult Size: 8″
Recommended Tank Size: 50 gal
Compatibility: Generally peaceful, but can be territorial towards other plecos. Should be offered plenty of caves and other hiding places.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.5
Temp:                     78-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm