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L201 Snowball Pleco(皇后雪球) 1.5"

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Scientific NameHypancistrus sp. (L201)   
Common Name(s)L201, Orinoco Angel Pleco, Snowball Pleco
Pronunciationhype an siss truss
EtymologyA contraction of the Greek hypo (meaning less than) and ancistrus, an allusion to the reduced number of teeth (particularly in the lower jaw) found in this genus. 
Size120mm or 4.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationSimilar to Hypancistrus inspector and H. contradens. H. inspector is different in that it has a black stripe on the edge of the caudal and dorsal fin. H. contradens has a higher body than H. sp(L201).
SexingMature males have thicker first pectoral ray, more pronounced odontodes on the first pectoral fin ray and odontodes on the rear of the body, and typically a wider head. Mature females are wider around the middle of the body, and much less noticeable body and fin odontodes.
DistributionUpper Río Orinoco near Minicia and Rio Ventuari.
 Orinoco, Upper Orinoco 
 Orinoco, Upper Orinoco, Ventuari 
pH6.5 - 7.5
Temperature26.0-30.0°C or 78.8-86°F 
FeedingUnlike the popular opinion of many other loricariids, Hypancistrus are more carnivores than algae eaters. This is backed up by a small and lightly toothed mouth that indicates they are poor algae scrapers. Provide small and frequent supply of mainly meaty foods such as dry discus food, bloodworm and even brineshrimp with the infrequent offering of flake or algae tablets.
FurnitureSand, primarily rocks and optionally driftwood. Caves made out of slate plates, bamboo or PVC pipe.
CompatibilitySuitable with most fish, as long as they are not too large or territorial about bottom-space.
Suggested TankmatesSmall tetras and other similar small fish. Also Corydoras. Care has to be taken to ensure that they get enough food, as they can be a bit shy and slow to grab food when availble.
BreedingBreeds in typical Hypancistrus manner, male guards eggs in a cave. Fry have smaller spots than comparable sized H. contradens.
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