great rush for l-numbers is over, no doubt. But even at the highest
level of the hype some of the species appeared only once or twice in the
ornamental fish market. One of those guys is LDA, a species of
Hypostomus with an extraordinary broad head. Obviously this species
lives syntopically with the much sought-for dwarf Ancistrus claro or
LDA8. To the best of our knowledge no reports on LDA 10 appeared in the
aquarium journals since its original introduction in 1993.
special thing in LDA 10 is: most probably the species does not grow
much in length, compared with other Hypostomus species. The photographed
specimens come from our current stock. They seem to be sexually fully
developed at a total length of 11,5 cm (standard length of 8,5 cm). If
the breeding of this species would be successful we would have an
additional very useful algae-eater, like the Common Pleco, but with LDA
we would would have a species that stays small!
our customers: the fish have code 26480-LDA 010-4 on our stocklist.
Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer