L14 Goldie/Sunshine Pleco

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L14 Pleco (Sunshine Pleco) Care Guide

Overview

L14 Pleco, also known as the Sunshine Pleco (Scobinancistrus aureatus), is a vibrant yellow-spotted pleco native to the rivers of South America. It's a popular choice for its striking appearance and manageable care requirements.

Tank Setup

  • Size: Minimum 75 gallons.
  • Substrate: Sand or fine gravel.
  • Filtration: Strong filtration to maintain water quality; ensure good oxygenation and water flow.
  • Decor: Provide plenty of hiding spots using driftwood, rocks, and caves.
  • Water:
    • Temperature: 77-86°F (25-30°C)
    • pH: 6.5-7.5
    • Hardness: Soft to moderately hard (4-12 dGH)

Feeding

  • Diet: Omnivorous; provide sinking pellets, algae wafers, and a variety of vegetables (e.g., zucchini, cucumber). Supplement with occasional protein sources like shrimp and bloodworms.

Maintenance

  • Water Changes: 20-30% weekly to maintain water quality.
  • Tankmates: Compatible with other peaceful, similarly sized fish. Avoid aggressive or very small species.

Health

  • Common Issues: Watch for signs of stress or disease. Maintain a varied diet and clean water to ensure optimal health.

By following these care guidelines, your L14 Pleco will thrive and display its beautiful, vibrant colors.

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