Gold Nugget Pleco

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The Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus sp.) has a few different varieties available. These plecos still often go by "L" numbers even though they were scientifically classified in 2011. The L stands for Loricariidae and the number is the fish. There are three different Gold Nugget Plecos - L018 (and L085), L081 and L177. The one pictured is Baryancistrus xanthellus. They are considered omnivores but mainly eat algae on rocks and driftwood. There are sinking algae wafers and pleco type foods available online or at your local fish store that you can feed them. They may also go after fresh veggies like zuchini and cucumbers.

Gold Nugget Pleco Profile Facts and Aquarium Care Information

Scientific Name : Baryancistrus sp.

Common Names : Gold Nugget Pleco

Size : 6 to 9 inches (22 cm)

Water Parameters : pH 6.6 - 7.5 | Temperature : 71°F - 79°F (22°C - 26°C) | Water Hardness : 5° to 15° dH

Lifespan : 5 years plus

Origin / Habitat : South America, Amazon River tributaries in Brazil and Venezuela

Temperament / Behavior : They can be territorial with other plecos

Panaque Catfish Breeding / Mating / Reproduction : No info on breeding.

Tank Size : 55 gallons (210 liters) or larger given their adult size.

Compatible Tank Mates : Will do ok with most other species except for other plecos.

Fish Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease

Diet / Fish Food : These plecos are considered omnivores and will appreciate a variety of foods like sinking algae wafers, sinking shrimp pellets, alage growing on rocks, etc.

Tank Region : Bottom

Gender : Very difficult using external features

Similar Species : Catfish - Bristlenose Pleco | Common Pleco | Royal Pleco | Zebra Pleco

Comments (1)

  • Megi


    28 August 2012 at 01:13 |
    The type of fish you refer to is known as a plecostomus. They are ptrety neat, but get awefully big! He's also a warm water fish, so make sure that you have a heater and thermometer in your tank to make sure that he is nice and happy! To start your tank, make sure that everything is clean before you put it all in. You're probably using tap water to fill your tank, so make sure to get a chemical to take out the chlorine and other chemicals that might be harmful to your fish. Get your heater and filter running, and run the tank for about a week before getting any fish. This allows the tank to get ready for your fish, and is highly recommended to help keep your fish from dying right away.There are lots of fish that go well with a plecostomus. My favorite are the angelfish! See what your local pet store has, and let them help you figure out what kind of fish they have that would go good with your scum sucker However, tropical fish would be best. (Cold water fish such as goldfish live too cold for the water, and saltwater tanks are a whole different story)After you buy a fish, keep it in the bag or container it comes in, and let it float in the tank in it's container for about half an hour to an hour. This will let the fish adjust to your tank. After that, you can open the bag up, and let him flow out on his own.

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