The loricariids of the genus Pseudorinelepis are the most heavily armored loricariids at all. They are widely distributed in the basins of the large South American rivers Amazon and Orinoco. The imported animals often look a little bit different, but scientifically only one species, P. genibarbis, is recognized at present. The coloration varies greatly individually, geographically and also depending on the aquarium’s setup.
Aquarists agree that L95 from the Rio Negro, there again from the Rio Demini, is the most attractive form of the complex and that it is probably a species to be distinguished from P. genibarbis. The animals are unfortunately only available comparatively rarely and so we are very happy that we have once again succeeded in importing them. Besides some 10-12 cm long animals (we obtained for the first time animals in that handy size!) we also have a 25-30 cm long specimen in stock.
L95 grows up to half a meter long and large specimens are extremely incompatible with each other. So if you want to take care of these beautiful animals, you have to provide a really big aquarium. Concerning water composition and food supply (the animals feed mainly vegetable) L95 are undemanding, but the water temperature should not fall below 24°C for long periods of time.
For our customers: the animals have code 26480-L 095-2 (10-12 cm) and 26480-L 095-7 (25-30 cm) on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer