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Gold Scoby Ancistrus Baryancistrus auratus

Possibly the most stunning of the Baryancistrus ("Heavy, Ancistrus") family, the auratus is relatively rare in the aquarium trade. Indeed there is very little detailed information available on this species from any of the normal sources. It is most numerious in the Xingu river system, although it is likely to be found throughout the amazon basin. 

They grow to about 16 - 18cm and are difficult to sex unless the fish are at full breeding size. Probably the easiest way to sex these fishes is by the shape of their foreheads. Males have a flatter, more level slope to their foreheads and are slightly wider. Females have a more rounded forehead and are slightly plumper when in spawning condition.  Water should be clear with a gentle flow, temperature 25° - 30°C (76° - 86°F), and pH 6.0 - 7.8.

Gold Scoby Ancistrus


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Like others of the family these fish are grazers, but not in the sense that they eat only vegetation. They actually sift and chew at the film of organic matter on hard surfaces in search of higher protein foods. In the wild this would constitute a variety of foods from small insect larvae and crustaceans to other animals eggs and possibly even recently dead animals. With this in mind, frozen foods such as bloodworm should be offered along with prawns or cockles. Algae and plants are avoided, but cucumber and courgette appear on the accepted menu. Accepted food morsel size changes with age in all of these fish.

They can be territorial to other bottom dwellers and downright vicious to others of the same or closely related species. Possibly from a desire to find and defend the best spawning cave, so take this into account if you plan to introduce these fish into a catfish tank. They do well in a community environment that fits their other requirements but be careful with adult fish, they can kill each other in a crowded space.  Suitable tank mates include most of the Characin (Tetra) family, South American Cichlids and Gouramies.