L018 Big Spot Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus xanthellus)


The L018 is the most well known form of the popular Gold Nugget Plecos, distinguished by its large distinct gold spots. Like its close relatives, it is found in rocky shallow areas in the warm, well-oxygenated waters of Brazil’s Rio Xingu. In the aquarium, it should be provided with plenty of cover and regular feedings of protein-rich feeds such as Repashy gel diet or other prepared feeds. This species will do best at high temperatures (82 – 86F), lots of water movement and a variety of rocks and caves in which to establish territories. This species can be a challenge to maintain long term and is best suited for experienced hobbyists who can ensure optimal water quality similar to what they would find in nature and a varied diet.


L018 Big Spot Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus xanthellus)

Origin: Wild Brazil
Locale: Middle Rio Xingu outside Altamira
Diet: Scavenger – algae, biofilm, invertebrates, sinking prepared & gel feeds
Adult Size: 9″
Recommended Tank Size: 75 gallons+
Compatibility: Peaceful, but may spar for territory with other plecos

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.2
Temp:                     78-84F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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