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Parotocinclus maculicauda


Family: L oricariidae
Species: Parotocinclus maculicauda
Common Name: Red fin dwarf Pleco, Red fin Otocinclus, False Sucker.
Size: Up to 2.3 inches (6 cm)
Habitat: SOUTH AMERICA: Brazil- Coastal rivers between Santa Catarina and Rio de Janeiro.
Min Tank Size: 20 gallon long (75 litre), heavily planted.
Diet: Omnivorous, flakes, blanched vegetables (zucchini, cucumber, lettuce), bloodworm, grindal worm, tablets and algae wafers.
Behavior: Bottom opportunistic feeder, territorial.
Water: Temperature of 68°F to 79°F (20°-26° C) , pH range: 6.5 – 7.5; dH range: 2 - 12
Care: So long as they are kept in heavily planted tanks of clean, cooler flowing tropical freshwater these fish can be kept rather well. They are calm, peaceful, and keep to their own species generally—they should be kept in groups whenever possible. They do prefer the cooler end of the tropical temperature range, being from south east Brazil rather than the warmer north western rivers. Keep up on your water changes and protect them from drastic changes in pH or temperature slightly more than you would with most fish. They may cause some damage to plants as well. .
Communities: Good with other peaceful species. Sociable in groups of other Parotocinclus maculicauda.
Suitability: Suitable for novice aquarists that can keep their tank clean and stable.

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