Gold Spotted (L-136) Plecostomus
Hypancistrus sp.

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

55 gallon


Black, Yellow



Water Conditions

Neutral (6.4 to 7.8 pH), Intermediate water hardness (6 to 12 dGH), 70 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Gold Spot Plecostomus (Hypancistrus sp.) has adapted well to slightly brackish river deltas, largely consisting of woody debris. When keeping Plecostomus, regardless of tank mates, it is best to mimic this biotope. The driftwood will help feed, and protect any Plecostomus. The Gold Spot Plecostomus will only reach three inches, and has a spotted coloration that will stand out amongst typical community fish species.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Neutral (6.4 to 7.6 pH), Intermediate water hardness (6 to 12 dGH),

Aquarium Diet (Mostly Herbivorous): Brine Shrimp, Baby Brine Shrimp, Herbivore Pellet, Algae Waffer, Spirulina, Boiled Cucumber

Dimorphism: The male Gold Spotted Plecostomus L-136 (Hypancistrus sp.) will develop a broader head, in comparison to the female. Also, the male will have extended spinal rays on the anterior (front) half of the dorsal fin. The female will appear to be larger-bodied than male Gold Spotted Plecostomus L-136.

Compatibility: The Gold Spotted Plecostomus L-136 (Hypancistrus sp.) are typically compatible with other Plecostomus, Tetra, Danio, Rasbora, Gourami, Angelfish, Rainbowfish, Pencilfish, Hatchetfish, and Humphead Glassfish.