The Sunshine Pleco originates from the Rio Xingu in Brazil. It is also known as the Goldie Pleco. The scientific name aureatus refers to the golden colour. Sunshines require clear water. They prefer water flow, substrate with round gravel and hiding places, such as caves. Sunshines will eat sinking pellets, live blackworms and frozen bloodworms.
Adults are more faded in colour. Males are slightly larger than females. Breeding is extremely difficult and Sunshines are obtained commercially in the wild in Brazil.