The Gold Nugget Pleco L177 is an excellent addition to almost any aquarium. Its beautiful golden dots, and gold line on its pectoral fin make it very easy to spot. The L177 has some of the largest spots of any Gold Nugget Pleco. It is territorial fish, so keep in mind when pairing with other plecos.
Gold Nugget Pleco L177
With the exception of L081 (not mentioned in the description of B. xanthellus), the combination of yellow markings on the dorsal and caudal fin and numerous yellow spots on the body is specific to this species. L177 is a variety with larger spots more obvious in younger specimens and LDA060 is a variety with ill formed spots or flakes.
Listing for 1 3″ Gold Nugget Pleco (L177)
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The gold nugget pleco is one of the more sought after pleco due to their contrast in color. They do not get as big as most other plecos growing up to about 6 inches in length. They are omnivores so a meaty diet should be included along with their herbivore diets.
Common name: Gold Nugget Pleco, Gold Seam Pleco, L018, L081, L085, L177
Scientific name: Baryancistrus Species
Average Adult Fish Size: 6 – 8 inches / 15 – 20 cm
Place of Origin: Amazon River, South America
Typical Tank setup: S. American biotope with rocks, caves, driftwood/bogwood, and sturdy, well-rooted plants. Does best in a tank with current.
Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 30 gallon / 120 litre
Compatibility: Peaceful, but may fight with other plecostomus or catfish over a favorite hiding spot. Needs plenty of hiding places to feel secure and exhibit it’s best behavior.
Temperature: 77 – 86 Deg. F / 25 – 30 Deg. C
Water chemistry: pH 6.5 – 7.6
Feeding: Feed a varied diet of wafers, flakes and pellets along with frozen brine shrimp. They will occasionally eat vegetables such as lettuce, cucumbers, spinach leaves, and green beans, but they are more carnivorous than most plecostomus. They like to gnaw on wood, so keeping driftwood/bogwood in the aquarium is important. They often like to hide, so make sure they are eating and get enough food.
Sexing: Difficult to sex until fully mature. Males tend to have a flatter forehead. As with most or all species of fish, the females are plumper when fully mature and in breeding condition.
Breeding: High flow rate is vital. A varied diet is mandatory to get them in breeding shape. Once they have paired and in their preferred breeding site, the addition of a powerhead aimed at their cave is necessary.
Additional Information: A beautiful plecostomus that is safe with live plants.