Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Gold Spot (L-001) Plecostomus
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Gold Spot (L-001) Plecostomus
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Gold Spot (L-001) Plecostomus (Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Brown, Gold
Diet Herbivore
Water Conditions 74-79° F, KH 6-10, pH 6.5-7.4
Max. Size 1'
Origin Captive-Bred
Family Loricariidae
Minimum Tank Size 70 gallons
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Overview

The Gold Spot Plecostomus (L-001) is a great candidate for the large community aquarium. This is also a popular pleco for koi ponds in warmer climates. Considered one of the more attractive species of larger pleco, it boasts irregularly patterned gold spots over its chocolate-brown body. In the wild, the Gold Spot Plecostomus naturally occur from the Tocantins River basin in Brazil, South America.

A larger, well-filtered aquarium of at least 70 gallons is recommended to properly house the Gold Spot Plecostomus. It will get rather large in the aquarium, so provide plenty of room for it to move. Aquascaping with plants, rocks, and driftwood help mirror its natural environment and help give your Gold Spot Plecostomus a sense of security. In the wild, this fish is an egg layer, but breeding in an aquarium setting has not been successful.

A useful herbivore in an aquarium or pond with algae, the Gold Spot Plecostomus will keep algae under control. If no algae are present, supplement with algae wafers, herbivore preparations and fresh vegetables such as romaine lettuce and zucchini.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-3/4”-2-1/4”

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