Snowball Plecostomus

Plecostomus | Snowball Pleco

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(Please note that the fish shown in the photo is only a representative of what an adult specimen would look like. The color may vary based on the age and sex of the fish you receive.)

Scientific Name: Hypancistrus inspector

Common Name: Snowball Pleco

Adult Size: 5.5 - 6.5 inches

Life Expectancy: 10+ years

Habitat: Venezuela

Minimum Tank Size: 40 gallon

Ideal Tank Conditions:

  • Temperature Range: 72 - 86°F
  • pH Range: 5.0 - 7.6
  • Water Hardness: 6 - 10

Temperament: Very peaceful species that will get along well with tropical community fish and cichlids. They will squabble with other similar sized Pleco's and bottom feeders if not given enough room to establish a suitable territory. These territorial battles tend not to be too violent.

Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous, they will eat a variety of plant material and meaty food they find in the aquarium. Their diet should be supplemented with algae wafers, blanched peas, bloodworms, brine shrimp, cucumber, daphnia, sinking pellets, spinach and zucchini.

Breeding and Spawning: Pleco species lay eggs and spawn on the side of artificial caves. The female will lay her eggs in the cave. Then the male takes over, protecting the eggs and fanning them. It takes about a week for the eggs to hatch. The fry’s first food will be the egg sac, and after that, offer them baby brine shrimp and small bits of blanched vegetables.

Gender: Females are more rounded than males. Also, males have a noticeable reddish tone and more pronounced odontodes (external teeth) on the side of their head.