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Rubber pleco - Parancistrus aurantiacus

Rubber pleco - Parancistrus aurantiacus

Scientific name: Parancistrus aurantiacus

Common name: Rubber pleco

Family: Loricariidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 18 - 27 cm (7.09 - 10.63 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.2 - 7.4

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 14°N (89.29 - 250ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 24 - 30 °C (75.2 - 86°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Rubber pleco will accept all vegetable based foods. Quality flake or catfish pellets will be relished along with live or frozen foods. Blood worms and brine shrimp are ideal for this but also add some peas or lettuce for grazing.


South America; Rubber pleco’s are found in the lower Amazonian regions.


There are no visible differences between the sexes.


As of yet there are no reported cases of these fish breeding in the aquarium.


The expected life span for Parancistrus aurantiacus is 10 years.

Short description

Depending on the mood of the fish, it can change colouration from a brown background to a wonderful golden appearance. Sometimes it will camouflage itself by doing a mixture of the two. Always provide hiding places in the aquarium and use subdued lighting to make this fish feel at ease.


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