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L001 Gold Spot Pleco

 

Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus, commonly known as the Gold Spot Pleco, closely resembles other plecos, displaying attractive colors with yellow/orange spots against a dark brown body. Known for its hardiness and peaceful nature, this catfish is a great addition to aquariums.

 

Tank Requirements:
A tank of at least 250 liters is recommended to accommodate the Gold Spot Pleco. It is advised to provide an appropriately sized shady retreat, as the fish does not have specific habitat preferences. While it won't consume plants, larger individuals may inadvertently uproot delicate plants. Adequate filtration, especially for larger specimens, is necessary due to their substantial waste production.

 

Diet Requirements:
The Gold Spot Pleco is an omnivore that feeds on algae but requires a varied diet for optimal health. Fresh vegetables such as zucchini should be offered daily, along with sinking algae wafers. The fish also enjoys live foods, prawns, and other protein-rich offerings, especially as it matures.

 

Compatibility:
Highly compatible with a wide range of fish species, the Gold Spot Pleco may display territorial behavior towards its own kind and similarly sized plecos. However, it generally integrates well within a peaceful community.

Recommendations:
To mimic the appearance of larger species like Gibbiceps without the size challenges, the Gold Spot Pleco is a suitable choice. Ensure an appropriately sized shady area in the tank, and be cautious about uprooted plants by larger individuals. Heavy filtration is advisable to manage waste production.

Common Problems:
Starvation and malnutrition are common issues, as relying solely on algae for sustenance is inadequate. It is essential to provide a proper and varied diet from the beginning.

 

Similar Species:
Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps, Pterygoplichthys parnaibae, Pterygoplichthys punctatus, Pterygoplichthys scrophus, Pterygoplichthys pardalis are similar species to Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus.

 

Sexing:
Generally, there is little visual difference between the sexes. However, mature females may appear plumper. Some claim that the width of the head may be an indicator of gender.

Breeding:
Spawning in a home aquarium is challenging due to the Gold Spot Pleco's unique breeding behavior, which involves tunneling into a large wall of mud, replicating a river bank. This intricate process makes breeding difficult in a home setting.

 

Species: Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus
Common Name: Gold Spot Pleco
Origin: Rio Araguaya, affluent of Tocantins, Amazon system, Arunana, Goias, Brazil
Diet: Omnivorous
PH Range: Alkaline 6.5 – 7.5
Temperature: Tropical 24-29°C
Breed Type: Egg Layer
Current Size: Approximately 10cm (Grows to approximately 35cm)
Sex: Un-sexed

L001 Gold Spot Pleco

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