Ancistrus is a genus of nocturnal freshwater fish native to freshwater habitats in South America. These fish are very common in the aquarium hobby where they are known as bristlenose catfish.
The Bristlenose is a great tank cleaner. This is one of the main reasons this fish is so common in home aquariums. They are great algae eaters and will help keep algae levels to a minimum.
They are a very peaceful and generally mind their own business. Male Bristlenose can be combative with other males if there is limited space or caves. They are suitable to live with most kinds of fish but consideration should be taken into suitable water parameters of tank mates.
While Bristlenose eat a wide variety of algae, it is highly recommended that their diet be supplemented with algae wafers. They will greatly benefit from driftwood in your aquarium snacking on the microflora and microfauna that grow on its surface.
Bristlenose catfish are a fantastic addition to most tropical fresh water aquariums.
- Species – Ancistrus sp.
- Common Name – Bristlenose Catfish
- Origin – South America
- Diet – Herbivore
- PH Range – 6.5 – 7.8
- Temperature – Tropical 26°c – 28°c
- Breed Type – Egg Layer
- Current Size – approximately 4cm (Grows to approximately 12cm)
- Sex – Un-sexed