I have pics I can send via WhatsApp. Collection from Cranleigh, GU6 8FE, spawned twice for me this year, postage with heat pack and poly box available at buyers risk, collection preferred due to cold weather, there is 1 male and two females, you can see the male with the whiskers in the pics.£350 for the proven trio.not commonly found and only produce small clutches of up to 20 eggs so not many around.
A beautiful but rare aquarium resident
Ancistrus sp. L-309 is not a frequent resident of aquariums. But why? There may be several reasons, and they probably overlap. First, this species was discovered recently. Secondly, these are fish that mature late, grow slowly and are not very prolific. Spawning is carried out by individuals 8-9 cm in size. However, such dimensions is reached by L-309 only in the 3rd-4th year. Ultimately, this species grows to 11-12 cm. The female lays about 15-25 grains of fairly large eggs the number of eggs depends on the size and age of the female .
The eggs develop 7-8 days at 27°C. Then, for almost two weeks, the fry resorbs the yolk sacs and begins to search for food. The slow growth of the juveniles means that the commercial size, which is about 3.5-4 cm, is reached by the fish only after 6-7 months. By ancistrus standards, this is a very long time. Hence, probably, the high price of these fish and their little popularity. They are not included on export lists too often, either.
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