Many L-numbers have received correct scientific names in the meantime; not so the „Blue Phantom“, which ist stil undescribed. Currently most keepers tend to place the species in the genus Hemiancistrus, but this is not confirmed. It is also possible that the fish will have to be placed in a new genus (Ancistrinae gen.sp.).
We obtained very nice, 14-16 cm long wild collected specimens from Venezuela. The species can grow still a bit larger, at least to 25 cm. In the aquarium it requires large sandy open spaces as well as many caves and hiding places. The species has been bred already in captivity. It has the typical breeding behaviour, eg is a cave brooder. The fish prefer to spawn in caves that are open only on one side.
For our customers: the fish have code 26480-L 128-6 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer