Fine Spot Gold Nugget Pleco

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Fine Spot Gold Nugget Pleco Care Guide


Fine Spot Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus sp. L018), also known as the Fine Spot Gold Nugget Pleco, is a visually stunning pleco characterized by its dark body adorned with numerous small, bright yellow spots.

Tank Setup

  • Size: Minimum 50 gallons.
  • Substrate: Sand or fine gravel.
  • Filtration: Strong filtration with good water flow and oxygenation.
  • Decor: Provide plenty of hiding spots using driftwood, rocks, and caves.
  • Water:
    • Temperature: 75-86°F (24-30°C)
    • pH: 6.5-7.5
    • Hardness: Soft to moderately hard (4-12 dGH)


  • Diet: Omnivorous; provide sinking pellets, algae wafers, and a variety of vegetables (e.g., zucchini, cucumber). Supplement with occasional protein sources like shrimp and bloodworms.


  • Water Changes: 20-30% weekly to maintain water quality.
  • Tankmates: Peaceful community fish; avoid aggressive species and ensure they are not outcompeted for food.


  • Common Issues: Watch for signs of stress or disease. Maintain a varied diet and clean water to ensure optimal health.

By following these guidelines, your Fine Spot Gold Nugget Pleco will thrive and display its beautiful, distinctive patterning.

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