The super-red form was first line-bred from the calico form of the common bristlenose in Germany. As is the way with the common bristlenose, they are pretty fertile and as soon as the pure strain got introduced into the market, it quickly spread across Europe and over the Atlantic. A long-finned variety was also line-bred from them relatively soon after that. There is some variation in the quality of the strain, a good strain produces 100% all-red offspring, less-than-optimal breeding stock (even if they are all-red) can produce a fair amount of offspring with some residual black markings.
Scientific Name: Ancistrus Sp. Super Red
Common Names: Super Red Bristlenose
Temperature: 72° - 86° F (22° - 30° C)
pH: 6.5 - 7.5
KH: 6 - 10 dKH
- Diet: Omnivore, but meatier foods should only be fed sparingly (once a week or less).
- Social behavior: Generally solitary, but will socialize somewhat, especially during breeding.
- Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to South America.
- Average adult size: 4 - 5 inches (10 - 13 cm)