Snowball Pleco (Baryancistrus sp. LDA33)

Photo of: Snowball Pleco (Baryancistrus sp. LDA33)

Scientific Name(s): Baryancistrus sp. lda33, Baryancistrus sp.l142


Common Name(s): Snowball Pleco, Big White Spot, Big White Spot Pleco, White Spot Pleco, LDA33, L142


Family: Loricariidae


Species Type: Plecostomus


Maximum Size: 12 inches


Life Span: 12 years


Natural Habitat: South American Rivers


Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons


Tank Region: Bottom of tank.


Possible Tank Mates: This species is well suited to a cichlid tank.


Description: This pleco acclimatizes well to aquariums, preferring areas of dense cover away from bright lights. Decor should be arranged such that there is enough cover that, should the fish decide to conceal itself, it may do so. Water quality should be good with plenty of current and oxygen.

LDA33 tend to be very confident plecos, adapting well to tank life. Territoriality is commonplace in Baryancistrus and this animal is no exception. However, this is primarily expressed during feeding time. Otherwise, should sufficient cover be provided, conflict should be at a minimum.


Temperature Range: 74°F - 82°F



pH Range: 6.4 - 7.8

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Hardness Range: 5° - 15°



Breeding Information: No known way to breed in home aquariums.


Sexing Information: Males tend to have more pronounced pectoral fins with small bristles.


Diet: Omnivorous - Does well with a varied diet including algae wafers, green vegetables, sinking pellets, brine shrimp and bloodworms.


Temperament: Territorial with other bottom feeders


Common Diseases: None specfic to species


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Keith Pardee

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