08-19-2007, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by jones57742
I really hope that I am not wrong here but I have two Queens which are Hypancistrus also.
I very rarely see them at all and only once every six months or a year do I see one of them feeding and then only very, very briefly.
You did not say what you were feeding them but please note that these fish, although omnivores, are principally carnivores.
The fish shop i go to sells a lot of L-numbers, and i got this one cos it stays small (abt 5"). The expert at the shop said that the L201 Hypancistrus contradens is an excellent algae eater. When I first got him, he was hanging on the glass next to my chinese algae eaters. But then he found this excellent hide-out in a hollow log, and i haven't seen him eating ever since. I do see him every day tho, he shows himself within a minute after lights out. He's very amusing to watch.
To be sure he eats, i leave algae wafers and brine shrimp pellets. Sometimes zucchini, cucumber, spinach and peas. All this food ..erm.. 'disappears' at night.
The pic is from when he didn't have his hide-out yet