The Goldy Pleco, or Sushine Pleco, is a longtime aquarium favourite (available for over two decades!) and was one of the first Plecos ever assigned an L-number.
Its spectacular coloration, hardy fast growth, and gentle disposition make the Goldy Pleco an ideal addition to any community aquarium. Vivid orange fins fade to yellowish tan toward the edges, reminiscent of a sunset.
The Goldy Plecos body is black to dark brown and has numerous, closely-spaced white spots covering the entire body and fins.
A yellow mouth sets it apart from other Plecos exhibiting similar black with white spot patterning. Males typically grow larger than females.
The leading edge of the leading pectoral fin ray also becomes slightly spiny in mature males.
The Goldy Pleco comes from the rivers and tributaries of South America, so planted aquariums with hearty, fast-growing plants, high aeration, and water movement make for a healthy environment.
Rocks and driftwood help to accent a natural habitat and provide hiding spaces to reduce stress for the Goldy Pleco.
A recommended minimum tank of 70 gallons should be provided to house this fish. Feeding the Goldy Pleco is not difficult due to the fact that it is not a picky eater.
Feeding off the bottom of the aquarium, it gets most of its nutrition from leftover food and algae. If there is no algae or leftover food present, supplement with high quality flake food, sinking carnivore pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex.