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Gold Nugget Plecostomus
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Gold Nugget Plecostomus (Baryancistrus sp.)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Tan, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 73-79° F, KH 8-10, pH 6.5-7.0
Max. Size 10"
Origin South America
Family Loricariidae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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Overview

The name "Gold Nugget Pleco" is short for "Gold Nugget Plecostomus." It is a suckermouth catfish which was first captured and exported to Great Britain in 1981. Due to the abundance of stock available in the catfish category, it has become very difficult to categorize them by species. As a result, you may see a reference to the letter "L" for the family Loricariidae, followed by a number. The Gold Nugget Pleco is referred to as L018 or L-18 by most hobbyists.

The Gold Nugget Pleco is a shy bottom-dweller that appreciates plenty of driftwood in its environment.

Unfortunately, the Gold Nugget's breeding habits have not been documented.

Feeding the Gold Nugget Pleco is not difficult due to the fact that it is not a finicky eater. Feeding off the bottom of the tank, it gets most of its nutrition from left over food and algae. If there is no algae or left over food present, supplement with high quality flake food, sinking carnivore pellets, and freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 2-1/2"; Large 2-1/2" to 3"

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Customer Testimonials

Scott Goss Mobile , IL
I currently have a Gold Nugget Pleco that is about 1-1/2" to 2" in length and very beautiful. In fact it looks very much like the one pictured. It gets along well with my tank mates especially my larger 5 to 6" Featherfin Catfish. Other tank mates include at present: Cardinal Tetras, Pristella Tetras, brilliant Rasboras, a Dwarf Gourami, and a very mature female guppy. I have had my Gold Nugget Pleco for about three years now and would recommend it to anybody for its exquisite beauty.
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