Snowball Pleco (Hypancistrus inspector)

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Snowball Pleco

Hypancistrus inspector

76 Litres (20 US G.)

15.2-16cm (6-6.3 ")




5.4 - 7.6

22 -30 °C (71.6-86°F)

6-16 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-8 years



Additional names

Snowball Pleco, L102

Sexing[edit | edit source]

The female is black-brown with white spots while the male has a lot more reddish tones in its colours and white spots. The male has strong odontodal growth while the female has almost none and is a lot fuller and rounder in body shape.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Does well in a peaceful community tank, may be territorial to other pleco species.

Diet[edit | edit source]

This pleco is primarily carnivorous but will eat some algae. Feed with live/frozen foods and spirulina. Also fond of zucchini and sweet potato.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Prefers a spacious tank with rock and bogwood decor.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful pleco.

Identification[edit | edit source]

This pleco is attractive with a dark base colour, which is more red on males, with white spots covering the body and fins. The fins are edged in a dark band.

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