Gold Nugget Pleco - Planted Tank Mates

Gold Nugget Pleco

9″ | Single| 55 gal

PH 6.5 – 7.8 | Peaceful

Baryancistrus xanthellus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 9″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Moderate Flow

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 86

PH: 6.5 – 7.5

dGH: 2 – 10

dKH: 6 – 10

Tank Size: 55 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Although they prefer fast moving waters, they do just fine with moderate flow and can live with many nano community fish like Pencilfish, Tetras, Danios and Raboras.  Their medium size make them suitable for larger fish as well such as angel fish and some cichlids.  When keeping more than 1, keep a higher female to male ratio.

A large tank that not only provides the width for them to dwell at the bottom, but also a tall tank that can provide slow-moving relief for mid and top-dwelling fish.

Notes

Gold Nugget Plecos have several varieties which look extremely similar.  L081 have small dots on their body.  L018/L085 have medium dots and L177 have large dots.

Plecos are nocturnal and prefer warmer waters.  Provide a lot of hiding spaces including plants and caves.  Although they’re algae eaters, their diet cannot solely consist of algae.  Supplement with wafers and other nutritious food, especially when they get older and larger.
They can be sensitive to nitrates, so keep it under control, preferably under 40 ppm.  Males will have tentacles on their heads while females will be more limited to just their snout.  They can change colors to slightly adjust to their environment, but sick Plecos will be dull in color

 

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Description

9" | Single| 55 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.8 | Peaceful

2.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

2.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

2.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful


2” | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

2” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

Content

Baryancistrus xanthellus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 9″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Moderate Flow

Parameters

Temperature: 72 - 86

PH: 6.5 - 7.5

dGH: 2 - 10

dKH: 6 - 10

Tank Size: 55 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Although they prefer fast moving waters, they do just fine with moderate flow and can live with many nano community fish like Pencilfish, Tetras, Danios and Raboras.  Their medium size make them suitable for larger fish as well such as angel fish and some cichlids.  When keeping more than 1, keep a higher female to male ratio.

A large tank that not only provides the width for them to dwell at the bottom, but also a tall tank that can provide slow-moving relief for mid and top-dwelling fish.

Notes

Gold Nugget Plecos have several varieties which look extremely similar.  L081 have small dots on their body.  L018/L085 have medium dots and L177 have large dots. Plecos are nocturnal and prefer warmer waters.  Provide a lot of hiding spaces including plants and caves.  Although they're algae eaters, their diet cannot solely consist of algae.  Supplement with wafers and other nutritious food, especially when they get older and larger. They can be sensitive to nitrates, so keep it under control, preferably under 40 ppm.  Males will have tentacles on their heads while females will be more limited to just their snout.  They can change colors to slightly adjust to their environment, but sick Plecos will be dull in color  

Corydoras sterbai

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species.

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

Corydoras sp. CW009

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2 1/2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species!

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

Corydoras atropersonatus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2 1/2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species!

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

Nannoptopoma SP.

Characteristics

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Beginner

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Herbivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 6 - 15

dKH: 4 – 10

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6

Tank Mates

Cardina and Neocardina Shrimp, Cardinal and Neon Tetras, Zebra Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish and Guppies, Zebra Loaches, Yoyo Loaches

Notes

Otocinclus are very hardy and one of the most peaceful nano catfish you'll ever find.  They're true herbivores and wont eat baby shrimp fry.  They're also a shoaling fish, so when kept in larger groups they'll swim around together from one feeding point to another.

Corydoras duplicareus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species.

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

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