L177 Goldseam Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus xanthellus)


The most vibrant form of all the Gold Nugget Plecos, and one of the most brightly colored of all plecos, the L177 Goldseam Gold Nugget has been a popular aquarium fish for many years. Found in the rocky, warm, and fast-flowing Xingu and Iriri rivers in Brazil, these fish require somewhat specialized conditions to thrive in the aquarium and may not be the best choice for the average community tank. They will do best in warmer (80F ), well-oxygenated water with moderate to strong current, and can be shy if kept individually – keeping multiple fish together along with ample hiding places is best. Although they will eat vegetables and algae-based foods, they also readily accept frozen bloodworms and carnivore diets.



L177 Goldseam Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus xanthellus)

Origin: Wild Brazil
Locale: Rio Iriri, a tributary of the middle Xingu
Diet: Omnivore and scavenger – should be fed both vegetable-based and protein-rich feeds in the aquarium
Adult Size: 6-7″
Recommended Tank Size: 40 gal
Compatibility: Generally peaceful, but can be territorial towards other plecos. Should be offered plenty of caves and other hiding places.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.5
Temp:                     78-84F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm