Parancistrus aurantiacus
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Parancistrus aurantiacus

Common Names: Chubby Pleco
Rubber Pleco
Synonyms: Hypostomus aurantiacus
Family: Loricariidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: America - South; Para, Brazil, South America.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Reclusive; Generally peaceful. Can be semi-aggressive towards other plecos at feeding times.
Diet: Ominvore; Omnivore
Care: Parancistrus are limnivores, deriving much of their nutrition from organic film deposits (aufwuchs). They are undemanding fish in regards to feeding and will accept most prepared foods. An interesting note; males of this species is capable of changing his color from goldish yellow to dark brown, especially  ounced when stressed.
6 - 7.5
22°C - 27°C
72°F - 81°F
Potential Size: Male: 28cm (11")
Female: 28cm (11")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: Nocturnal; Nocturnal
Gender: Both genders have large odontodes, and thus, papillial sexing is the best way to obtain a positive gender ID. males have a protruding vent while that of the female's is compressed and lies flat against the body.
Breeding: Difficult. A spawning cave and a high amount of water movement is essential. Try following the directions given for the Zebra Pleco
Variants: There is golden form of this species, referred to as the "xanto" pleco, that fetches very high prices on the market.
Comments: To entice a new Rubber Pleco to eat when first introduced to an aquarium, crush some peas onto the surface of a rock and place it into the aquarium at late in the evening.
Main Colours: Brown, Gold
Markings: No Markings
Mouth: Sucking Disc
Tail: Flat
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Submitted By: Adam
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