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Starlight Bristlenose L183 or White Seam Pleco

Ancistrus dolichopterus

Starlight Bristlenose Pleco, White Seam Pleco, Ancistrus dolichopterus L183

The Starlight Bristlenose originates from the Rio Negro in Brazil. It is also known as the White Seam Pleco and the Orange Seam Pleco for the coloring on the dorsal and caudal fins. White Seam Plecos prefer wood and hiding places, such as caves. Starlights are omnivorous and prefer vegetable matter. They will also eat sinking pellets, live blackworms and frozen bloodworms.

The Starlight Bristlenose males have tenacles on their head. Breeding is difficult, but can be achieved with blackwater water conditions, which are very soft, acidic water created by decaying vegetation. In the wild these water conditions produces very dark yet clear water.

Starlight Bristlenose - Compatibility

The Starlight Bristlenose is compatible with Angelfish, Discus, Plecos

Starlight Bristlenose - Profile

  • Scientific Name: Ancistrus dolichopterus L183

  • Family: Catfish

  • Temperature: 23 - 28 C; 73 - 82 F

  • pH: 5.6 - 7.0

  • Size: 12 cm; 5 inches

  • Life Span: ?

  • Breeding: Difficult, Egglayer

Starlight Bristlenose Pleco, White Seam Pleco, Ancistrus dolichopterus L183