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_Hemiancistrus_ is a genus of South American suckermouth armored catfishes. The taxonomy of this genus is complex and unclear, and major work has to be done. Many of these fish are popular aquarium fish. Appearance and anatomy _Hemiancistrus_ are members of the family _Loricariidae_, the armored suckermouth catfishes. As such, they have armor plating on their body instead of scales. Also, they have a suckermouth which they use to cling to rocks in their habitat. They have the characteristic Loricariid omega iris as well. Like many other catfish, _Hemiancistrus_ have strong pectoral and dorsal fin spines that can be locked outwards as a defense. _Hemiancistrus_ species are rather small to medium-sized Loricariid species. The largest species of the genus, _H. megalopteryx_, reaches about 29 centimetres (12 in). These fish also tend to be spotted or uniform in coloration.
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_Hemiancistrus_ is a genus of South American suckermouth armored catfishes. The taxonomy of this genus is complex and unclear, and major work has to be done. Many of these fish are popular aquarium fish. Appearance and anatomy _Hemiancistrus_ are members of the family _Loricariidae_, the armored suckermouth catfishes. As such, they have armor plating on their body instead of scales. Also, they have a suckermouth which they use to cling to rocks in their habitat. They have the characteristic Loricariid omega iris as well. Like many other catfish, _Hemiancistrus_ have strong pectoral and dorsal fin spines that can be locked outwards as a defense. _Hemiancistrus_ species are rather small to medium-sized Loricariid species. The largest species of the genus, _H. megalopteryx_, reaches about 29 centimetres (12 in). These fish also tend to be spotted or uniform in coloration.
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_Leporacanthicus heterodon_ is a species of armored catfish endemic to Brazil where it occurs in the Xingu River basin. This species grows to a length of 10.3 centimetres (4.1 in) SL. Source: [wikipedia] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leporacanthicus_heterodon) In the aquarium _Leporacanthicus_ are called **vampire plecostomus** in the aquarium literature in reference to their large teeth that are characteristic of the genus. These species should be fed invertebrate matter such as mollusks or crustaceans; however, they will accept other foods as well. These fish are territorial species. Source: [wikipedia] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leporacanthicus) _Leporacanthicus heterodo_n can be kept in a small group but ensure that the tank is large enough for each of them to establish their own territory.
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Scobinancistrus is a genus of armored catfishes native to South America where they are only known to occur in Brazil. Species There are currently two recognized species in this genus: _Scobinancistrus aureatus_ W. E. Burgess, 1994 _Scobinancistrus pariolispos_ Isbrücker & Nijssen, 1989 Source: [wikipedia] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scobinancistrus) As juveniles, these fish may be kept in small groups but as they mature they will become territorial in the tank. Scobinancistrus pariolispos prefer subdued lighting and add rocks or wood to create hiding places, adding floating plants will also create shading spots.
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The **royal plec**, **royal pleco**, or **royal panaque**, _Panaque nigrolineatus_, is a herbivorous freshwater armored catfish native to Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela where it occurs in the Orinoco and Amazon basins. It is known for being one of the few fish that digest wood. It is the type species of its genus. It grows to a length of 43.0 centimetres (16.9 in) and is a popular aquarium fish. Anatomy and appearance The royal plec is closely related to the popular plecostomus catfish kept in many aquaria as an algae eater. While the royal plec also eats algae, it is best known among biologists as being among the very few fish capable of eating and digesting wood. It does so using symbiotic gut bacteria. Royal plecs are light grey in colour patterned with dark grey squiggles. They have red eyes and the dorsal fins are edged with cream or gold. The body is encased in heavy armour, except for the belly, which is soft.
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Dekeyseria brachyura is a species of armored catfish endemic to Brazil where it is found in the lower Rio Negro basin. This species grows to a length of 16 centimetres (6.3 in) TL. Source: [wikipedia] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dekeyseria_brachyura) Description _Dekeyseria_ is an unusual group of fishes that appear similar to _Lasiancistrus_. Colour pattern is variable with some species brown with some mottling in the fins, and others with a bold pattern of brown bars on a tan background. In brown species, the abdomen is slightly lighter than the sides. In barred species, the head has large tan spots, the spots becoming larger posteriorly until the bars form as separate entities. There are about eight bars in these barred species. However, Dekeyseria species are also able to change their colours quickly, like a chameleon, to fit their mood or their surroundings.
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_Beaufortia kweichowensis_ is a species of gastromyzontid loach native to the riverine fauna of China in Asia. The common names for this popular aquarium species are **Chinese hillstream loach**, **Hong Kong pleco**, **butterfly hillstream loach**, and **Chinese sucker fish**. Habitat _Beaufortia kweichowensis_ can be found in fast-flowing highland and in-land streams in China. **In the aquarium** Aquarium maintenance
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L81
L81
L-018
L-018
L-177
L-177
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_Baryancistrus xanthellus_ is a species of armored catfish endemic to Brazil. It is a benthic fresh water fish that lives in Rio Xingu in the Amazon system. It reaches a length of 22.4 centimetres (8.8 in) SL. _Baryancistrus xanthellus_ is a popular aquarium fish, and has been described with various L-numbers and the common names of "gold nugget" and "golden nugget pleco" until the species was scientifically described in 2011. They demand a high water quality. The ideal temperature is 25–30 °C (77–86 °F), and the pH should be between 6.5 - 7.4. There are three types of Gold Nuggets in the aquarium trade; L-018 (also known as L-085), L-081 and L-177. Whether these are separate species, or subspecies of a single one, has not yet been determined. The Golden nuggets are described with L-numbers in wait of a proper scientific classification. L-081 has small dots. L-018/L-085 has medium-sized dots.
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_Baryancistrus_ is a genus of freshwater Loricariid catfish. They inhabit regions of the Amazon river in countries such as Brazil and Venezuela. Most _Baryancistrus_ are differentiated from other related genera by a membrane connecting their dorsal fin and adipose fin, not present in most other genera. The species of this genus are mainly herbivores and detritivores, but may take other foods too. Most have probably not been bred in captivity. It is difficult to sex these fish, including adult specimen. These fish are mainly nocturnal, but will also emerge from their hiding places during the day, after some time getting accustomed to the aquarium. They will benefit from plenty of hiding places. Species
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_Baryancistrus demantoides_ is a species of armored catfish endemic to Venezuela. It reaches a length of 15.1 centimetres (5.9 in) SL. It lives around granite rocks in flowing water, in the upper parts of Orinoco River. The colour is green-brown with yellow spots on the head and parts of the body. The dorsal fin is connected to the adipose fin, a feature that distinguishes this species from the rest of the Ancistrini, except Baryancistrus niveatus, Parancistrus and Spectracanthicus. _Baryancistrus demantoides_ is one of two species described with L-number 200, the other is _Hemiancistrus subviridis_, which also resembles _Baryancistrus demantoides in appearance_. Source: [wikipedia] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baryancistrus_demantoides) As juveniles, Baryancistrus demantoides can live in a group but as they mature it is best to keep a single specimen in the tank to prevent aggression. They require well oxygenated water of a high quality. Good filtration and regular water changes are mandatory.
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Goby Pleco
 
Goby Pleco
 
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_Parotocinclus _is a genus of armored catfishes native to South America. Species There are currently 24 recognized species in this genus. Distribution _Parotocinclus_ species are distributed in the Atlantic coastal drainages of Guyana and Surinam, eastern and southeastern Brazil. Description
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Hypostomus Punctatus
Hypostomus Punctatus
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The **Suckermouthed Catfish** (_Hypostomus punctatus_) is a tropical fish known as a _Plecostomus_ belonging to the armored suckermouth catfish family (_Loricariidae_). _Hypostomus punctatus_ is a freshwater fish native to South America, in the coastal drainages of southeastern Brazil and Uruguay. It is one of a number of species commonly referred to as the **Common Pleco** by aquarists. Appearance and anatomy Suckermouthed catfish is a species of _Loricariidae_. Like other members of this family, it has a suckermouth, armor plates, strong dorsal and pectoral fin spines, and the omega iris. These fish grow to about 30 centimetres (12 in) TL. _Hypostomus punctatus_ is difficult to distinguish from closely related species, such as _Hypostomus plecostomus_. Identification is relatively difficult as there are many different similar species labelled as Common Pleco. This species has a light brown coloration with a pattern of darker brown spots (the last part of its scientific name, _punctatus_, means "spotted").
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Clown Pleco
 
Clown Pleco
 
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_Panaqolus maccus_, commonly called the **clown panaque**, **clown plecostomus**, **clown pleco**, or **ringlet pleco**, is a dwarf loricariid. By numbering systems such as the L-number system, this fish may also be known as L104, L162, or LDA22. Distribution and habitat This fish is endemic to Venezuela where it is found in the Apuré and Caroní River basins.Their natural environment is driftwood tangles near riverbanks. Description This species is a small loricariid. It reaches a length of 8.8 centimetres (3.5 in) SL.
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