Snowball Pleco (Baryancistrus sp "L142")

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Snowball Pleco

Baryancistrus sp "L142"

246 Litres (65 US G.)

22.9-30.5cm (9-12 ")




6.0 - 7.4

24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

Big White Spot Pleco, White Spot Pleco, Snowball Pleco, LDA33, L142

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males have more pronounced pectoral rays with small bristles.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Becomes increasingly territorial towards other Plecos and bottom-dwellers as the fish matures. Will be peaceful towards mid and top-dwelling community fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will graze constantly around the tank but generally will not touch algae. Feed a varied diet of algae or catfish wafers, blanched vegetables including courgette, cucumber and this fish shows a fondness towards sweet potato. Will also take occasional bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Needs a spacious and well filtered tank with bogwood décor.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An active Pleco that will be most active at night and hide if bright lights are on. Will often sit near the outflow in the current.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Can be mistaken for many of the other spotted Plecos on the market, can be differentiated from the others by its dentition, it has 4 large rasping plates that cover most of its oval mouth as opposed to similar catfish with smaller plates.

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