Cat-eLog Right Arrow Loricariidae Right Arrow Hypostominae Right Arrow Scobinancistrus

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Scientific NameScobinancistrus aureatus  Burgess, 1994
Common Name(s)L014, Sunshine Pleco
Goldie Pleco
Type LocalityIlha da Fazenda, Rio Xingu, Pará, Brazil.
Pronunciationaw RE at us
Etymology(Latin)Scobis=Sawdust + (Greek)agkistron=hook. aureatus = golden; alluding to the golden finnage.
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Size 300mm or 11.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationStriking sub-adult colouration which diminishes in adults which are still quite distinctive. Commonly known as the Goldie or Sunshine pleco, this ultimately larger fish is a frequent import.
SexingMales grow larger than females. Males develop a more ''bristled'' appearance that, in certain light, can shine from the light being reflected off the fish. The leading edge of the leading pectoral fin ray also becomes slightly spiny in mature males. Head shape, when view from above is blockier in males and more triangular in females. Females are wider across the midriff.
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DistributionRio Xingú, Brazil
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Xingu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH5.8 - 7.2
Temperature25.0-29.0°C or 77-84.2°F (Show others within this range)
Other ParametersClean, clear, highly oxygenated, preferably with a noticeable current although this is not vital.
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FeedingSinking pellets and frozen bloodworm are ideal although all prepared foods that reach the bottom are accepted. Larger individuals will tackle whole king prawns and mussels with relish. Will eat garden snails and the first breeder of this genus feed their fishes meat and veg in the form of pumpkin. An omnivore that will eat most things and shares with the wood-eating plecos the unusual habit of eating the skin of vegetables before the flesh.
FurnitureSandy or small pea-shaped gravel with groups of rounded stones and few or no plants best reproduces this fishes natural habitat. If keeping with similarly sized plecos, arrange the aquarium to ensure there are plenty of hiding places and multiple feeding areas to diffuse feeding time ''focus''.
CompatibilityA robust pleco suited for most environments, the only catch being the heat.
Suggested TankmatesSuitable as a discus or angelfish tank pleco. Also OK with South American cichlids - a good way to brighten up any oscar tank - but might not do well with Central American cichlids due to their slightly lower temperature requirements. Perfect with rainbowfish if you don't mind breaking the biotope mould.
BreedingHas been bred in captivity.
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ReferencesTrop. Fish Hobby.v. 43 (no. 1) - pp237 - Figs. 1-6 (unnumbered)
Match. Aqualog L014a is a juvenile.
Registered Keepers(1) Dave Rinaldo (k: 2), (2) Ak Viking, (3) xingumike, (4) SoToNgMaN, (5) Daniel Machado, (6) Barbie, (7) Trident2004, (8) Kimmy73b, (9) frightlies, (10) oldfish (k: 2), (11) guyvw, (12) DarkAtlas, (13) VirgoWolf, (14) phaedraeos, (15) Richie Hell, (16) Kenneth Wong, (17) jamos, (18) smithrc, (19) whiteymoza, (20) invaderwithkey, (21) jvancan (p: 2), (22) chillired, (23) trini_100, (24) Showa (p: 2), (25) FuglyDragon, who also notes: "Lost 1 to major bacterial infection April 2014.", (26) LUISGOREY, (27) Cdn Glenwood, (28) weisel, (29) wesman, (30) MONG, (31) SoCalDiscus, (32) drgold, (33) scatz, (34) calsonic, (35) worldwide73, (36) cwhite67, (37) shawntraviss, (38) Panaque Lover, (39) PhiltheNelson, (40) soltarii007 (k: 3), (41) 78bill, (42) djwalker124, (43) mrwickedweasel, (44) Merlinmaus (p: 2), (45) junaid, (46) Doug205, (47) Loracidlover, (48) kiwiplymouth, (49) ElTofi (k: 4), who also notes: "the first is kept from 2006. The 3 others came from Hannover in 2009", (50) smsjazz81 (p: 2), (51) neelhound, (52) DaveT, (53) jiapei, (54) jasonkhor, (55) nowhereman, (56) Altifrons, (57) OlePaulsen (k: 2), (58) tilly, (59) flatfish (k: 3), (60) justin_cu, (61) dr_philatelist, (62) Syokoy, (63) JothaR (p: 2, k: 4), (64) Lloydy (k: 4), (65) Bjørn (p: 2), (66) d3n2, (67) upc239 (p: 2, k: 2), who also notes: "ADDED SECOND ONE JAN 8 2010", (68) munandar, (69) Ullopincrate, (70) Daniel_yeo, (71) oli (k: 2), (72) Insight (p: 2), (73) barry555, (74) Buc_Nasty, (75) ChanggyChinggy (k: 2), (76) MilkMan, (77) Turbo, (78) FunkyFredFrog, who also notes: "Just the most active pleco ever! Absolutey loves courgette / cucmber!", (79) NC24, (80) sfchoong, (81) smokey70, (82) plecomanpat, (83) Benjamin Goh, (84) smitty (p: 3, k: 3), who also notes: "Eaten by Vieja Maculicauda. Had not been seen since 4/16/2011. Moved everything in tank on 5/14/2011 (Official).", (85) FFTRIP (p: 2), (86) oldman60, (87) JamesStuddart (k: 2), (88) biotope69 (k: 2), (89) Decker504 (p: 2), (90) PlecoCrazy (k: 6), (91) victionOne, (92) loginthesand, (93) bigbadbraun (k: 2), (94) nnpnnp, (95) eyal8a (k: 3), (96) jac, (97) pogo29, (98) Thomas W, (99) snike, (100) fester, (101) Catfish freak, (102) ryuki (p: 2), (103) David R (k: 3), (104) mikebren12, (105) simonas, (106) richb, (107) oneoddfish, (108) shooter50014 (k: 4), (109) rosswell, (110) chriscarnivorous, (111) dudiel, (112) Michael_Wanga, (113) SonoAngel, who also notes: "Got him/her as juvenile. grew nicely within few years. Sadly had an accident with carbon for plants and after overdose could not save many of my species even after immediate, frequent water changes. (never put bottles on the top of aquarium I learnt!)", (114) todd1978, (115) Bellady, (116) HuskerDad, (117) judeblackburn, (118) Nimitz, (119) jay_leask, (120) tagamasid1023 (p: 4, k: 4), (121) m1ke715m, (122) Cristoffer Forssander, (123) merit, (124) camtang (k: 2), (125) XgreenX, (126) sem87, (127) jonhybravo2, who also notes: "One of my favorites and more expensive plecs. Hard to come by wher I am at and very striking to look at. Stands out in any tank.", (128) mcaquatic, (129) pleco rob, (130) Floody, (131) ThomasTheFish, (132) cjerrom, (133) Andrewjw (k: 3), (134) chaim76, (135) Iiriva, (136) gilsharon, (137) EnolaGaye, (138) colincook, (139) Mruaru, (140) Torb (k: 3), (141) asaman, (142) Carmine, (143) mouyichen, (144) prohor010305 (k: 6), (145) CodOnMyRod, (146) Natey22, (147) PlecosAndLoaches (p: 2), (148) 7Pete, (149) camillajakobsen93, (150) Mathias, (151) labyazilim (k: 3), (152) NorthernGecko, (153) Norbert, (154) Sharpy, (155) BazzNL (k: 2), (156) Lekkoduch, (157) Oceanica, (158) WouterW, (159) uaru, (160) recumbent, (161) TonyH, (162) Arron_N, (163) reardons, who also notes: "Fish was approx. 90 mm at purchase. It is an active eater. It loves NLS Algaemax and the occasional shrimp pellet.", (164) monsterfishkeeper, (165) unstoppablejayd, (166) trafford_66, (167) Stroudygirl, (168) DHarris, (169) Jborley, (170) Phreeflow.

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