Starlight Bristlenose Catfish (Ancistrus dolichopterus)

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Starlight Bristlenose Catfish

Starlight Bristlenose Catfish

Ancistrus dolichopterus

57 Litres (15 US G.)

8.9-10.2cm (3.5-4 ")




6.0 - 7.0

22.8-27.8°C (73 -82 °F)

5-19 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

Starlight Bristlenose Catfish, Bushymouth Catfish, L183

Additional scientific names

Hypostoma punctatum, Xenocara dolichoptera


Mature males have soft "tentacles" all across the nose, the females have very few or none at all.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A peaceful catfish that would do well in a community tank. Do not keep with other Plecos as they can be territorial.


Primarily vegetarian taking algae wafers, blanched vegetables and algae from its environment. Will also eat bloodworms and other frozen foods.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day. May be more willing to eat after lights out.

Environment specifics[edit]

Prefers soft water, can be kept in blackwater conditions and will thrive if kept so. Appreciates wood décor and hiding places. Can be a heavy waste producer so good filtration is a must.


Can be territorial towards other Plecos including its own species, but these territories are small so if the environment is large and varied enough several can be housed together.


Similar to its cousin the Bristlenose Catfish but less often seen. The body colour is black with very small pin-pricks of white spots all over, the edge of the caudal fin is banded with white.


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