L471 White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus AKA Mini Snowball Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.)
L471 White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus AKA Mini Snowball Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.)
L471 White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus AKA Mini Snowball Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.)
L471 White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus AKA Mini Snowball Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.)
L471 White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus AKA Mini Snowball Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.)
L471 White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus AKA Mini Snowball Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.)
L471 White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus AKA Mini Snowball Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.)
L471 White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus AKA Mini Snowball Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.)
L471 White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus AKA Mini Snowball Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.)

L471 White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus AKA Mini Snowball Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.)

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The L471 White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus Pleco is among the smallest and few true nano “plecos,” and a very beautiful one at that! We are currently offering full-grown adult specimens!

The L471 White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.), also known as the Mini Snowball Pleco, is an extra small member of the Loricariidae family of South American suckermouth catfishes. Its solid black body is covered in bright white polka dots, making it a very striking fish for the planted or nano aquarium. It is among the smallest of the “pleco” species, reaching an adult size of around 2.4 inches (10 cm). 

A generally peaceful and hardy species, the White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus Pleco is an excellent, undemanding candidate for most aquariums. Unlike the widely-seen Common Pleco (Hypostomus plecostomus) and Trinidad Pleco (Hypostomus punctatus), which easily reach a monstrous size of 18 to 20+ inches (45 to 51+ cm), the White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus Pleco grows to a size of only 3.9 inches (10 cm). This smaller size makes for a much more manageable (and less messy) pleco that can thrive permanently in a well-maintained aquarium as small as 15-20 gallons. Male plecos may be somewhat territorial with other males of their species, but disputes can usually be diffused by providing ample territory and hiding places for each fish. All other fish tankmates will be generally ignored, although it is possible that juvenile and subadult dwarf shrimp will fall prey to the White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus Pleco. However, ornamental snails will not be bothered and large Amano, Green Lace, Flower, and Vampire Shrimp are unthreatened by the White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus Pleco. Please note that this fish requires a significantly warmer temperature than some other fish and invertebrates, especially subtropical species. Some shrimp will not thrive in these high temperatures.

The White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus Pleco is primarily nocturnal, but will often become active during daytime hours once established in an aquarium with plenty of driftwood, rockwork, and other hiding places.  It is not known to eat wood heavily like some plecos (Panaque sp., etc.), but it may benefit from some supplementary wood (or bio-film on driftwood). The White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus Pleco will not bother most plants and it is not an effective algae eater. Feed the White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus Pleco a diet heavy in both meaty and vegetable matter, including high-quality vegetable flakes, sinking algae wafers and pellets. Like most Hypancistrus species, the White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus Pleco is omnivorous, but but it leans heavily on the carnivorous side. It will also appreciate being fed some fresh vegetables such as shelled peas, spinach, zucchini and cucumber. Meaty foods such as bloodworms are definitely necessary for this species, especially in comparison to some other “pleco” species. This species also requires a very clean, well-maintained aquarium with moderate to high water flow in order to thrive. 

The L471 White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus Pleco is a reclusive species, but it will typically be increasingly outgoing in a heavily planted and decorated aquarium with peaceful tankmates.

 

What We Like About This Fish:

  • The White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus Pleco is an extremely beautiful and very peaceful, hardy addition to almost any aquarium.  
  • At a maximum size of 2.4 inches, this is a very practical and manageable fish.
  • This fish will not bother most plants. It will also scavenge and consume a great deal of uneaten fish food.
  • The White Spotted Dwarf Hypancistrus Pleco is an aquarium fish with a striking appearance as well as plenty of personality.

CARE GUIDELINES:

  • Diet: Omnivorous, so a varied diet is necessary. This species is more carnivorous than many other “pleco” species.
  • Social behavior: Generally solitary, but will socialize somewhat, especially during breeding.
  • Origin: Rio Orinoco
  • Average adult size: 2.4 inches (6 cm)
  • Average purchase size: 2.4 inches (6 cm) 

RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS: 

  • pH level range: 5.5 - 7.5 (flexible as long as sudden changes are avoided.)
  • Temperature range: 77 – 84.2° F (25 - 29° C)
  • KH: 6 - 10 dKH
  • Minimum tank size: 15-20 gallons

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    This colorful tetra is a true aquarium hobby classic!

    These little tetras are one of the more beautifully colored fish available in the freshwater aquarium hobby!  They have a silver body and feature a shimmering red/pink stripe throughout the middle of their body.  Their eye-catching coloration has made them one of the most popular fish for freshwater aquariums today.  They are great for beginners and experts alike, and they thrive in any well-established aquarium that meets their recommended water parameters.  These fish stay small, growing no larger than one to two inches, which makes them an excellent choice for small-sized tanks!

    Glowlight Tetras are very peaceful and make great additions to community aquariums.  However, they should only be kept in tanks with other non-aggressive fish that are similar in size.  They are a schooling fish, and their schools create a magnificent display of colors in motion that has to be seen to be believed!  These fish do best in densely planted aquariums with plenty of hiding places.  This can be achieved with rocks and caves, driftwood, and live plants (good ones include mosses or tall plants that will reach the middle level of the aquarium, such as green cabomba, moneywort, java ferns, etc.).  Since they are a schooling fish, they can really only thrive in groups, which is why we sell them in groups of 6 and 12.

    Glowlight Tetras spend most of their time within the middle and top levels of the aquarium.  These fish are not recommended for new tanks, as they may have problems in tanks that are not well-cycled.  It is important to acclimate Glowlight Tetras to a new tank slowly, because they can be sensitive to changes in water parameters.  They are known to be difficult to breed in captivity; the water conditions must be perfect for them to spawn.  Interestingly, the bright colors on these fish tend to become dimmer at night.  This is normal and does not indicate sickness or weakness in the tetras.

    What We Like About This Fish:

    Iridescent red stripe that add bright bursts of color to any aquarium set-up

    Its small size makes it an ideal candidate for the nano aquarium

    Safe with plants

    Completely peaceful

    Very hardy and adaptable

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    RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
    Temperature: 75° - 82° F (24° - 28° C)
    pH: 5.5 - 7.5, but highly adaptable to many conditions
    KH: 4 - 10 dKH
    Minimum tank size: 10 gallons


    CARE GUIDELINES:
    Diet: Omnivorous. Will readily accept most fish flakes and pellets, as well as most small foods, including brine shrimp, daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex.
    Social behavior: Peaceful, schooling/shoaling.
    Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to Rio Essequibo, Guyana
    Average adult size: 1.5 - 2 inches (3.8 - 5 cm)
    Average purchase size: 1/4 - 1 inch (0.6 - 2.5 cm)

    For the safety of our animals, we only ship live fish, crabs, and select other inverts exclusively via UPS 1 Day Air.  If your order contains this item, you will only see UPS 1 Day Air as a shipping option during checkout. If other items are in your cart that can ship with  2 day or standard shipping options the only shipping method you can still select is UPS 1 Day Air. 

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    UPS 1 Day: Monday through Thursday
     

    Current Handling Time:

    1-9 business days

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    Q: What are the ideal tank mates for Glowlight Tetras?
    A: Glowlight Tetras do best with other small, peaceful fish. Ideal tank mates include Neon Tetras, Harlequin Rasboras, Corydoras Catfish, and small livebearers like Guppies or Mollies.

    Q: How often should I feed Glowlight Tetras?
    A: Glowlight Tetras should be fed 1-2 times a day. Provide only as much food as they can consume in 2-3 minutes to avoid overfeeding and water quality issues.

    Q: What should I do if my Glowlight Tetras are not schooling?
    A: Ensure you have at least 6-12 Glowlight Tetras, as they are schooling fish and feel more secure in larger groups. Also, check if there are any stressors in the tank such as aggressive tank mates or poor water quality.

    Q: Can Glowlight Tetras live with shrimps and snails?
    A: Yes, Glowlight Tetras are generally safe with non-aggressive invertebrates like shrimps and snails. They add a nice dynamic to the aquarium and help with cleaning.

    Q: How can I tell the difference between male and female Glowlight Tetras?
    A: Males are usually slimmer and may have more intense coloring, especially during breeding times. Females tend to be rounder and slightly larger, particularly when carrying eggs.

    Q: What signs of illness should I watch for in Glowlight Tetras?
    A: Watch for changes in color, fin rot, spots, or unusual swimming behavior. Common illnesses include ich, fin rot, and swim bladder issues. Quarantine affected fish and treat the tank if necessary.

    Q: What lighting conditions do Glowlight Tetras prefer?
    A: Glowlight Tetras thrive in subdued lighting conditions, which mimic their natural habitat. Moderate lighting with plenty of plants for shade creates an ideal environment for them.

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