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Spotted orange seam pleco - Hemiancistrus guahiborum

Spotted orange seam pleco - Hemiancistrus guahiborum

Scientific name: Hemiancistrus guahiborum

Common name: Spotted orange seam pleco

Family: Loricariidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 12 - 15 cm (4.72 - 5.91 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.6 - 7.3

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 3 - 17°N (53.57 - 303.57ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 24 - 29 °C (75.2 - 84.2°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

Supply Spotted orange seam pleco with algae wafers and sinking pellets. It is classed as carnivorous so make sure that live or frozen foods are also supplied in the form of blood worms or brine shrimp.


South America; Spotted orange seam plecos are to be found in the waterways of Venezuela.


There are no visible differences between the sexes.


As of yet, there are no reported cases of Hemiancistrus guahiborum breeding in the aquarium.


The expected life span for Hemiancistrus guahiborum is 5-8 years.

Short description

Supply plenty of hiding places in the tank for this fish; these can be made by adding rocks or wood. Hemiancistrus guahiborum are most active at night but once settled in the tank they will make appearances in the daytime. Mature males will become territorial with each other and squabbles will occur. As their maximum size is only 6 inches they are suitable for medium sized community tanks.


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