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Gold Nugget Pleco

Gold Nugget Pleco L018, also known by its scientific name as Baryancistrus xanthellus, is a catfish widely found in the Rio Xingu in the Amazon, Brazil. This fish is very beautiful with stunning coloration which includes contrasting gold/yellow spots on the body and yellow tips on the dorsal and caudal fins. 

Care Guide for Gold Nugget Pleco

This fish is peaceful towards other tankmates, but males may be more territorial toward other male plecos. This fish will eat just about anything, including bloodworms, algae, and other plant-like material but, generally, will not harm healthy aquarium plants. It is not a finicky eater and will readily accept commercially prepared flakes or algae wafers. You can supplement its diet with slices of potatoes, cucumber, zucchini, or lettuce leaves by placing them on the bottom of the aquarium or attaching them to the Pleco Feeder.

Max Size:   8 - 10 inches
Water:   75 - 86 F; pH 6 - 7.5
Difficulty:   Moderate
Living Zone:   Bottom
Temperament:   Peaceful

Gold Nugget Plecos do not require large aquariums but will appreciate shelter/hiding places such as caves, driftwood, or rocks. Water chemistry is not critical and the fish will adapt to a wide range of water conditions. However, Gold Nugget Pleco will appreciate clean, well-filtered, and oxygenated water. Sexing juveniles is not possible but adult females have narrower and more rounded foreheads than males.

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