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Scobinancistrus sp. L253 (Royal Sunshine Pleco)

Typical loricariid in terms of shape, with a brown body covered with yellowy spots. On juveniles these spines are relatively large, but as the fish grows the spots become proportionally smaller. Sexual dimorphism is limited, but males can be expected to have more "bushy" spines (odontodes) on their cheeks and pectoral fins.

Tropical Fish 2 Your Door stock

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Fish Sex: Cant be sexed, Size: 22-25cm, Price: £189.95 View shop

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

A fairly large and territorial, but otherwise peaceful, loricariid catfish. Doesn't tolerate others of its kind or even other loricariids, but ignores midwater fish such as characins and cichlids. A good choice for Rio Xingu communities, or with care, communities of South American, African or Southeast Asian fish that appreciate similar conditions.

Like other Rio Xingu fish this species does best given warm, soft water with a high oxygen content.

Family Group: L Numbers
Distribution Brasil
Temperature 25-30 C
Size Up to 30 cm
Water Parameters Soft and acidic conditions are preferred
Water PH 6.0-7.5
Sociability Peaceful
Schooling Fish No
Water Chemistry less than pH 7 - acidic
Care Level Difficult
Diet Adaptable

Useful sources of information:

DATZ are the original source of L number information.
Other information on L numbers can be found from the book All L Numbers published by Aqualog.
On the web, a comprehensive source of information on L Numbers and catfish can be found at and also

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