L081 Fine Spot Gold Nugget Pleco


The L081 Fine Spot Gold Nugget Pleco is one of several naturally occurring color variations of B. xanthellus distinguished by having many fine yellow spots along the body (compared to L018 and L177, both of which have large spots). Like its close relatives, it is found in rocky shallow areas in warm, well-oxygenated water. 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. They will do best at high temperatures (82 – 86F), plenty 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.


L081 Fine Spot Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus xanthellus)

Origin: Wild Brazil
Locale: Middle Rio Xingu outside Altamira
Diet: Scavenger – biofilm, vegetation, insects & crustaceans, protein-rich prepared feeds
Adult Size: 9″
Recommended Tank Size: 55 gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful

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