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Antsistrus (Ancistrus) and Other Soma. Power Features. Feed Overview!

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Usually, when buying the first aquarium, a newcomer to the store is offered as an addition also to have a catfish “suction cup” with the name Antsistrus (Ancistrus). Allegedly, it will eat algae in the aquarium and your glass will always remain perfectly transparent. And many people think, since Ancistrus feeds on algae from the walls of the aquarium, then there is no need to worry about additional feeding of this fish.

But here lies the mistake!

The fact is that for proper digestion, these fish need substances that they can not get only by eating algae. For example, cellulose (fiber). It is vital for their proper functioning of the digestive system.

For these purposes, snags are almost always placed in an aquarium with catfish. Snags contain everything you need for a complete diet of your pets. And recent studies have shown that some species of catfish in nature can survive for a long time by eating only one snag. Special bacteria that live in their digestive system help digest wood. (Here is link at the source).

But sometimes Ancistrus or another similar catfish lives in an aquarium without a snag. Or, because it does not fit there on the interior, or because of the fear of the owner that snag paint the water. And then come to the aid of special feed just for catfish such as Ancistrus, Plekostomus and others.

Special feeds from Tetra, Hikari, JBL и SERA.

Antcistrus in the aquarium. Special food is shown in this picture. Ancistrus in aquarium. Special food can be seen in this image.
Antsistrus (Ancistrus) / Special feed.

Hikari Algae wafers.

So let's start with the Japanese manufacturer of high-quality feed. Hikari. They have an assortment of food specially designed for such fish who prefer plant foods. Called Hikari Algae Wafers.

Hikari Algae Wafers can be seen in this picture. Catfishes fod can be seen in this image.
Hikari Algae Wafers.

I do not know why, but very often manufacturers do not write on the site (www.hikari. Infoa list of ingredients that make up the feed, and indicate only the benefits and recommendations for feeding. It is often possible to find out only by purchasing a package with feed. Therefore, I will bring it here.

Hikari Algae Wafers. Composition:
  • Fish flour
  • Wheat flour
  • Wheat germ
  • Manioc is edible
  • Dried seaweed
  • Dehydrated Concentrate from Lucerne
  • Flour from Lucerne
  • Dry yeast
  • soy flour
  • Fish fat
  • Flour from krill
  • Spirulina
  • Garlic
  • DL-Methionine
  • Chlorella
  • Astaxanthin
  • Choline chloride
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B8
  • D-calcium pantothenate
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin PP
  • Vitamin B9
  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin B7
  • Disodium Phosphate (E339)
  • Ferrous Sulphate
  • Magnesium sulfate
  • Zinc sulphate
  • Manganese sulphate
  • Copper sulfate
  • Yodat calcium

Astaxanthin- carotenoid, used to naturally enhance the color of fish, and is also a powerful antioxidant. Useful additive!

Spirulina- biomass of cyanobacteria, which like other algae can receive energy from sunlight through photosynthesis. Spirulina contains a lot of protein, vitamins and minerals.

Manioc is edible - Tuber tropical plant. A native of South America, but more widespread acquired in Africa, where by polularity takes second place after sugar cane. Manioc is the staple food for more than 500 million people.

Chlorella - like spirulina, a very useful algae, which in its nutritional value is not inferior to meat and far exceeds wheat!

alfalfa (Medicago sativa) - a genus of annual or perennial herbs and shrubs, which has long been used in diseases of the intestine, stomach, thyroid gland, to improve metabolism and stabilize blood pressure.

Composition in%:

Protein 33% min.

Fat 4% min.

Fibre 3% max.

moisture 10% max.

Ash 17% max.

Do not be scared if you see the word "Ash" in the composition of feed for any animals. It is not ash from burnt trees. Simply, in this way it is customary to designate the content of inorganic substances or minerals in the feed, such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, magnesium, zinc and other elements. All of them are necessary and very useful for the correct and rapid growth of your pets.
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According to the manufacturer, this food is made in the form of disks of a special shape, which are instinctively attractive for catfish such as Antsistrus, Plecostomus (Hypostomus Plecostomus) and other catfish, preferring plant foods. Disks from Hikari are dissolving very slowly, gradually releasing nutrients and, when used correctly, do not spoil the aquarium water at all.

Tetra Pleco tablets.

The following feed is made in the form of double-sided tablets and made by the world famous German manufacturer. Tetra. And as usual, what this food is made of will not be found on the Internet. I searched at all international sites of Tetra. Tetra. It is written only that it is an optimal and balanced diet for bottom, as well as timid fish. And the new formula contains even more Spirulina to maintain health and vitality. But when we begin to study the composition on the package, we see that Spirulina is there in total 5%! Yes, and some of the ingredients in the composition of a little surprise. For example, milk and sugar.

Tetra Pleco Tablets. Composition.

Tetra Pleco Tablets. Food for catfish type Antsistrus is presented in this photo. Tetra Pleco Tablets can be seen in this image.
Tetra Pleco Tablets.
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Fish and fish by-products
  • Cereals
  • Yeast
  • Vegetable protein
  • Algae (Spirulina 5%)
  • Oils and Fats
  • Crustaceans
  • Sugar
  • Minerals
  • Vitamins
Nutrition facts

Protein 40%

Fat 5%

Fibre 2%

moisture 9%

In general, the composition Tetra I was disappointed and puzzled with my sugar and milk. At the same time, on large jars with food, such a beautiful icon with Spirulina. But in reality there are not many of them in the composition. And other interesting and useful substances in the feed are not visible at all.


This German manufacturer has a very good product description on the site. Everything is described quite fully and specifically, and in all languages, including Russian. Products webpage www.jbl.de

Jbl Novo Pleco catfish food is shown in this image. Fish food for pleco can be seen in this image.
Jbl Novo Pleco.

JBL NOVO PLECO. Composition.

  • Vegetable products
  • Vegetables
  • Cereals
  • Molluscs and crustaceans
  • Algae
  • Fish and fish by-products
  • Yeast
  • Vitamins

The composition on the site is made in the form of a color chart, so it is quite easy to understand the number of those or other components in the composition.

The manufacturer claims that the feed does not contain low-quality fish meal, but only processed fish fillets in the composition.

The only thing that is not on the site, but there is on the package, is that there is 10% wood fiber in the feed, which, as I wrote above, is very useful for digestion of this type of fish.

Sera Wels-Chips.

Description of feed on the site Sera. De perhaps the most complete and understandable. Some ingredients are presented in percentage, which immediately gives confidence to the manufacturer.

Sera Wels-Chips can be seen in this image. Chips for feeding fish are shown in this picture.
Sera Wels-Chips.

Sera Wels-Chips. Composition

  • Fish flour
  • Corn starch
  • Wheat flour
  • Wheat germ
  • Brewer's yeast
  • Spirulina
  • Powdered milk
  • Fish fat
  • Vegetable raw materials
  • Egg powder
  • Willow bark
  • Alder cones
  • alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
  • Nettle
  • Mannanoligosaccharides
  • Parsley
  • Marine Algae
  • paprika
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Green mussels
  • Alga Hematococcus (ASTAXANTINE)
  • Garlic
Nutrition facts

Protein 34,2%

Fat 6,9%

Fibre 6,2%

moisture 4,2%

Ash 6,5%

By the amount of herbal ingredients Sera has the richest choice. There are cones, bark and nettles with spinach. And as indicated on the site, the flakes quickly sink, become soft, but at the same time retain their shape until 24 hours, and do not spoil the water in the aquarium.


Since most of the catfish for which this type of food is intended, prefer to eat after sunset, therefore it is advisable to throw food into the aquarium before turning off the light.

And further. From personal experience. Choosing your catfish in the aquarium, carefully study the information about them, including their taste preferences. I was so wound up Loricaria Atabapo. According to the structure of the body and mouth, it seems that the fish feed on algae fouling. But having studied the information on the site PlanetCatfish.com “Planet of Som”, I learned that they eat animal food, and indifferent to the plant. And even live in rivers where plants may be completely absent. And here are our other Loricaria “Red IScheritsa (Rineloricaria sp. (L010A) are omnivorous and eat everything from cucumbers to bloodworms. So, so that the fish do not leave hungry, read, study and select the food correctly.

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