* Common Name(s) LDA033, Snowball PlecoAn omnivorous grazer of biofilm.
L142, Big White Spot Pleco
Pronunciation bah ree ann siss truss
Etymology Greek, barys = heavy + Greek, agkistron = hook - Essentially "Heavy Ancistrus".
Size 9.8" SL.
Identification Sometimes confused with the plethora of polka-dot black and white loricariids. Its dentition is the most reliable character. It has four large rasping plates that cover most of its oval mouth. This is in contrast with members of the genera Hypancistrus and Leporacanthicus, who have much smaller teeth.
General Remarks An active loricariid, which is not shy. Likes to sit in the full current. Like other Baryancistrus, this species can be sensitive upon import, and mortality rates are often high in the first month. Once settled in a suitable environment and well fed, care is straightforward.
Distribution Rio Tapajós rapids between Pimental and Itaituba.
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Tapajós (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH 6.0 - 7.4
Other Parameters Provide powerheads and plenty of oxygenation.
In the wild, these live in shallow, fast flowing, warm water. They are found in nature in temperatures as high as 32°C/90°F.
Feeding: An omnivorous grazer of biofilm. Shows a fondness for sweet potato and algae wafers. Feed a varied diet to keep this fish healthy, including a large proportion of vegetable matter.
Furniture Plenty of hiding places are the order of the day. Rounded river stones and bogwood branches will made this fish feel at home. As with most loricariids, the more secure they feel, the more active they will be. Bear in mind this species will grow large, and could destroy a carefully aquascaped tank.
Compatibility Will become increasingly territorial to other bottom dwellers (especially other loricariids) as it matures. Otherwise, it can be kept with most fish provided they are not too robust, and will enjoy similar water conditions.