L018 – Big Spot Gold Nugget Pleco
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L018 Baryancistrus xanthellus, also known as the Big Spot Gold Nugget Pleco, a striking and exquisite addition to your freshwater aquarium. With its unique pattern of large golden spots and fascinating behavior, the Big Spot Gold Nugget Pleco adds a touch of elegance and intrigue to your aquascape. This captivating fish is a true treasure for enthusiasts who appreciate rare and beautiful species, and adding it to your aquarium will transform your aquatic display into a masterpiece of sophistication and charm.

Care Guide: The L018 Baryancistrus xanthellus, or Big Spot Gold Nugget Pleco, requires specific care to ensure its well-being and to observe its natural behavior. Follow these guidelines to provide optimal conditions for the health and happiness of your Big Spot Gold Nugget Pleco:

Aquarium Setup:

  • Tank Size: A spacious tank of at least 30-40 gallons is recommended for a single Big Spot Gold Nugget Pleco.
  • Substrate: Use sand or smooth gravel to create a comfortable environment for the pleco’s sensitive barbels.
  • Decor: Provide hiding spots such as caves, driftwood, and rock formations to mimic its natural habitat and offer security.

Water Parameters:

  • Temperature: Maintain water temperatures between 75-82°F (24-28°C).
  • pH: Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH range of 6.0-7.5.
  • Hardness: Keep water hardness in the moderate range, around 4-10 dKH.

Filtration and Oxygenation:

  • Provide efficient filtration and moderate water movement to ensure good oxygenation.
  • Use a high-quality canister filter to keep the water clean and well-circulated.

Diet and Feeding:

  • Offer a varied diet of high-quality sinking pellets, wafers, and frozen foods like bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia.
  • Supplement their diet with fresh vegetables such as zucchini, cucumber, and spinach for added nutrition.


  • Choose peaceful and similarly sized tankmates that share similar water requirements.
  • Ensure that the tankmates are not aggressive or prone to fin-nipping.

Behavior and Compatibility:

  • The Big Spot Gold Nugget Pleco is relatively peaceful but may become territorial around its chosen hiding spots.
  • They are mostly nocturnal and may become more active during the night or in dimly lit conditions.


  • Regular water changes are essential to maintain water quality and prevent waste buildup.
  • Keep the tank well-maintained and provide clean, well-oxygenated water.

Experience the exquisite beauty of the L018 Baryancistrus xanthellus in your aquarium. Order now to witness the captivating golden spots and fascinating behavior of the Big Spot Gold Nugget Pleco. Whether you’re an experienced hobbyist or a beginner, the Big Spot Gold Nugget Pleco will provide endless fascination and a touch of elegance to your freshwater aquarium.


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