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Orange Seam Pleco Baryancistrus sp. (L081)

Commonly known as the Orange or Yellow Seam Pleco because of the Yellow/Orange edges to the dorsal and caudal fins which resembles a seam running along the back of the fish.

Clearseal Custom Tank

Clearseal Custom Tank

They are closely related to the equally beautiful Golden Nugget Pleco and require the same Biotope. Native to the Amazon and Xingu river systems they grow to about 15 - 16cm with no noticeable differences between sexes.

Water should be clear with a gentle flow, temperature 25º - 30ºC (76º - 86ºF), and pH 6.0 - 7.8. 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.

Clearseal Custom Tank

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. This is 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 although they do well in a community environment that fits their other requirements. Suitable tank mates include most of the Characin (Tetra) family, South American Cichlids and Gouramies.