Snowball Pleco

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Snowball Pleco Care Guide


Snowball Pleco (Hypancistrus inspector), also known as L102, is a strikingly beautiful pleco known for its dark body covered with bright white spots, resembling snowballs. These fish are relatively small and easy to care for, making them a popular choice for freshwater aquariums.

Tank Setup

  • Size: Minimum 30 gallons.
  • Substrate: Sand or fine gravel.
  • Filtration: Moderate to strong; ensure good water flow and oxygenation.
  • Decor: Provide plenty of hiding spots using driftwood, rocks, and caves.
  • Water:
    • Temperature: 77-84°F (25-29°C)
    • pH: 6.5-7.5
    • Hardness: Soft to moderately hard (4-10 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 those that may outcompete them 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 care guidelines, your Snowball Pleco will thrive and display its beautiful, distinctive patterning.

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