The coloration on these plecos can vary with the amount of black and reddish-orange marbling and no two are exactly alike. They can range from little to almost no black marking, to little to almost no lighter reddish marbling. As with other Ancistrus plecos, mature males with have a number of bushy “tentacles” around the mouth. Some females may have these as well however while other females and juveniles of both sexes will not.
Ancistrus plecos are omnivores that eat both meaty foods as well as plant matter though they seem to eat more vegatation than meaty foods. They are generally safe for planted aquariums and stay smaller than most other pleco species.