L102 True Inspector Pleco (Hypancistrus inspector)


The L102 True Inspector or Snowball Pleco is one of several medium sized spotted species of Hypancistrus found in the middle and upper Rio Negro basin in Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela. This species grows somewhat larger than some of its close relatives, reaching an adult size of over 6″ and can be distinguished from other similar Hypancistrus by the dark black trim on its dorsal and caudal fins. Like its relatives, they prefer warm, slightly soft water and are sensitive to poor water quality so regular water changes are a must. They should be fed a varied diet high in proteins, including frozen bloodworms, sinking prepared foods, and Repashy gel diet.


L102 True Inspector Pleco (Hypancistrus inspector)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Upper Rio Negro outside San Felipe
Diet: Like most Hypancistrus, an omnivore that prefers a more protein-rich diet.
Adult Size: 6″+
Recommended Tank Size: 40 Gallon
Compatibility: Peaceful toward most tankmates

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.2 – 7.2
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm