Ocelot L287

The Ocelot L287 Loricariid, like many other Loricariid catfish, originates from the South American Amazon region, namely from the Rio do Para in Brazil. Catfish originating from this area look very similar and are distinguished by experts by different “L” numbers (for Loricariidae catfish).

What distinguishes the Ocelot L287 Loricariid Catfish?

The Loricariid Catfish (Hypancistrus sp.) are particularly beautifully patterned and attractive fish. They bring an interesting behaviour into the aquarium, are peace-loving and uncomplicated, but often a bit more expensive to buy. With good care the catfish can reach an age of 20 years and more, so that the investment is worthwhile for enthusiasts.

The appearance of the Ocelot L287

The approximately 15 cm tall adult ocelot catfish has an elaborate line drawing that is reminiscent of a net, worm lines or even the fur of an ocelot. The pattern extends over the whole body and the fine fins. In the fins the pattern runs out ringlike. The head is bulbous to stocky and has two large eyes which can be brightly outlined. At the conspicuous sucking mouth of the animals there is a beard on the left and right side, which can be more or less pronounced.

The rather massive appearing body tapers off towards the caudal fin in an elegant curved line. The Ocelot Loricariid Catfish has a pronounced but still very filigree, almost transparent dorsal fin and two finely feathered fins in pairs.

  • interesting, predator-like pattern
  • expressive head and big eyes
  • typical suction mouth
  • elegantly curved to feathered fins
  • approx. 15 cm long

Housing conditions for the ocelotL287 Loricariid catfish

Like all loricariid catfish this species is very peaceful and easy to keep. It needs sufficient hiding places, some current in the tank and preferably conspecifics. It can also be kept alone if necessary, but will show a more active behaviour in company. If you keep it with other loricariid catfish species it will most likely crossbreed with them.

Dyed-in-the-wool fans of the fish try to keep the species as pure as possible by avoiding exactly that. In the community tank it can be kept with various shrimps and small fish.

  • Keeping it simple
  • In pairs or small groups
  • very peaceful
  • also in company with shrimps and smaller fish species

Sex differences in the ocelot L287

The males have a much broader head and more pronounced odontodes than the females. In addition, females are often somewhat plump in the middle of the body.

Water values for the ocelot L287

This catfish wants to be kept in clear, oxygen-rich water with a light current.

  • Water type: Fresh water
  • Temperature: 25° to 29°C
  • PH value: 5.5 to 7.5
  • Total hardness: 3° to 15°dGH

Food and nutrition for the ocelot L287 Loricariid catfish

It is important that all food reaches the catfish living close to the ground. The catfish is best fed when it is active and the owner can be sure that the food arrives. Special feed types for catfish are offered in the trade. Otherwise, frozen food, fresh food and various vegetables and salad are available.


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The ideal aquarium for the Ocelot L287

The size starts at about 100 cm and 200 litres for one or two catfish. If you prefer to keep a small group, you need more space. It is important to have enough hiding places, roots and other decoration where the animals find protection and peace. On the ground they like to stay between larger flat stones. Coarse gravel serves as a ground. Water ferns, anubias or even mosses are suitable plants.

  • Edge length from 100 cm upwards
  • needs protected hiding places and resting places
  • green with robust plants

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