L400 'Belo Monte'

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Apr 8, 2009
All assigned numbers: L400


Common Names: Hypancistrus sp. 'Belo Monte'

Location: Brazil: Pará, Rio Xingú (Belo Monte)


If L-399 seemed confusing, it's local compatriot, L-400 is just as contrived in it's identification. Because of the same region of capture and a number of indiscriminate photos of different fish as unofficial "holotypes", the lines of distinction between L-400 and 399 have been blurred, thus, the one number is usually juxtaposed with the other when IDing an animal of this region. Therefore, to put things simply, if one is unsure of the designation, number wise, of any monte belo caught hypancistrus, it is best to stick with "L-399 or 400", and leave it at that. L-400, by looking at the original DATZ photos, is an attractive, medium sized hypancistrus with a black-on-white color scheme, which immediately sets it apart from most other hypancistrus. It's body shape is slender and elegant, and, compared to other similar animals, bears a noticeably flattened head and a high pre dorsal profile. The tail often bears minor filamentation. The actual patterning of the black lining can be variable, often fragmented and scattered to the point where it might be mistakenly identified as L-174. However, the latter has a very compact body and small eyes that should be sufficient to tell them apart.**
More info: Identification of Hypancistrus

A peaceful Hypan that will share with other L400 in a suitable size tank. Caves and shelter should be provided as these plecos can be shy

Sexing and Breeding:

An omnivore thats leans towards a meatier diet, so the main diet should consist of meaty foods such as frozen foods (tubifex, mosquito larvae, blood worms, artemia), dry foods (freeze-dried foods, flakes, granules), carnivore sinking pellets, and occasionally some small pieces of shrimp, mussels or fish fillet. Once acclimatized, it will often also accept vegetable matter such as algae/spirulina disks and fresh vegetables (lettuce, zucchini/courgette, eggplant/aubergine, capsicum, carrot, peas, preboiled spinach).
This species usually does not eat algae (it lacks suitable teeth for that task), so it's not a suitable fish to keep your tank free of algae.

Water parameters:
Temp 26-30c PH 5.5-7.5
Good water quality is needed, low nitrates and no nitrites. A high oxygen environment with lots of water changes to prevent the build up of any waste,good filtration is also needed. Juvenile 'Belo Monte' may view any plants in the aquarium as food although adults tend to leave them alone

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Bred by:
windy, thegeeman

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