Araguari-Ancistrus L-056
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

Parancistrus aurantiacus


Quick Stats:   Araguari-Ancistrus

Family: Loricariidae
Range: South America
Size: Up to 7 inches
Diet: Omnivore
Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks, driftwood
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; pH 6.5-7.5; dH 8-12
Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallons
Light: Low
Temperament: Peaceful
Swimming Level: Bottom
Care Level: Easy
Reproduction: Egg Layer

The Araguari-Ancistrus comes from the rivers and tributaries of South America. The scales are tan to dark brown. This fish has bristles on each side of the mouth under the eye. The Araguari-Ancistrus makes a good addition to any community aquarium.

Planted aquariums with hardy, fast-growing plants, high aeration, and water movement provide a healthy environment. Rocks and driftwood help to accent a natural habitat and provide hiding spaces to reduce the stress for the Araguari-Ancistrus. A recommended minimum tank of 50 gallons should be provided to house this fish.

The breeding habits of the Araguari-Ancistrus are unknown. The sexes are difficult to distinguish, but the males have thicker spines on the first hard ray of the pectoral fin.

Feeding the Araguari-Ancistrus is not difficult since it is not a finicky eater. Feeding off the bottom of the aquarium, it gets most of its nutrition from left over food and algae. If there is no algae or left over food present, supplement with high quality flake food, sinking carnivore pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex.

Ideal tank mates include:

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