Sunshine pleco - Scobinancistrus aureatus
Scientific name: Scobinancistrus aureatus
Common name: Sunshine pleco
Usual size in fish tanks: 20 - 25 cm (7.87 - 9.84 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7.2
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 0 - 30°N (0 - 535.71ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 24 - 28 °C (75.2 - 82.4°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
Sunshine pleco is carnivorous; its teeth can be seen. A diet of meaty foods like blood worms, shrimps, and tubifex should be given. It will also enjoy a meal of algae wafers and vegetable matter but not for the main diet. It will also graze on the algal coating on the tank plants.
Rio Xingu, Brazil.
Males will grow larger than the females and may develop a spiny ridge on their leading pectoral fin
As yet there are no reported cases of tank breeding.
Expected life span is 8-10 years.
Sunshine plecs can live as solitary specimens but if kept as a group there must be enough room for territories, hiding places need to be added to the tank. When first introduced to the tank, it may stay hidden in the daytime, but after a few weeks it will emerge. They are aggressive to their own kind and can inflict injuries with their teeth.
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