L18 - Golden Nugget - Baryancistrus xanthellus - 6-8cm
  • great orange dots
  • fascinating social behavior
  • ideal for community aquarium
  • impressive bottom dwellers

L18 - Golden Nugget - Baryancistrus xanthellus - 6-8cm

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L18 - Golden Nugget - Baryancistrus xanthellus - 6-8cm
The particularly pretty dotted orange fringed lace catfish are a great eye-catcher in the aquarium. Their peacefulness makes them great co-inhabitants in the community aquarium, even with dwarf shrimp, which grow larger at almost 20 centimeters, so they are great to watch. Even if their reproduction is a bit challenging, the L 18 delights with its fascinating social behavior at any time. Especially in blackwater aquariums it comes into its own wonderfully! - Garnelio
Origin: South America
with dwarf crabs?: No
Breeding: heavy
with snails/shells?: Yes
Visual effect: Especially colorful
Difficulty: 2 - Normal
with shrimps?: with dwarf shrimps, offspring is not eaten
Fish group: Catfish
Pelvic region: Below
Final size: > 12cm
Diet: limnivorous - growth eater (algae)
Water values: Soft water
Planting possible?: conditional* (see description)
Aquarium size: 400/450 l (approx. 150cm)
Temperature: 18-28 °C

Native to the Brazilian Rio Xingu, the L 18, also known as the Orange Fringed Loricariid or Golden Nugget, enjoys great popularity and catfish enthusiasts. It belongs to the genus Baryancistrus among the loricariid catfishes and is therefore also called Baryancistrus xanthellus. The name "Bary" refers to their massive body structure and is translated as "heavy", "ancistrus" refers to their "whiskers" - the so-called odontodes, which are located on the gill covers. With its nicely marked fin fringes and conspicuous spots, it causes quite a stir in the aquarium. Its peacefulness and its possible final size of almost 20 centimeters make it a great bottom dweller in the community aquarium.

You receive our L018 in a size of approx. 6-8 cm.

L018 can be distinguished purely externally really only very difficult in the sex. Experienced catfish connoisseurs consult the genital papilla of the animals. From a size of about 15 cm, for example, the elongated pectoral fins of the males, but also the rounder body of the females can roughly indicate the sex. Breeding in the aquarium is possible, although a bit more demanding. At a permanent temperature of 28 °C, which was raised up to 33 °C for breeding preparation with simultaneous reduction of conductivity and increased current, the reproduction of these pretty catfish was already successful. The young catfish can be easily fed with commercially available catfish food and green food.

The care of these beautifully marked catfish is well possible in the aquarium from 150 cm edge length. In some places the males are considered territorial, which is why a good structuring in the form of bog pond roots and stones serves not only the marking of the territory, but also the visual contact and the retreat. Especially very well rooted plants such as vallisnerias or cryptocorynes, but also perching plants such as anubias and java ferns come into their own here. A fine sand or gravel is very suitable as substrate. Baryancistrus xanthellus prefer above all a warmer temperature around 28 °C and a rather acidic water environment with pH values between 5.5-7 and a total hardness (GH) between 0-10. A sufficient current serves their well-being.

Orange fringed catfish are only occasionally territorial within the species but are otherwise peaceful. They can therefore mix well with other peaceful fish with similar water requirements, such as also Red Neon tetra, Angelfish or Danios can be socialized. Also the socialization with dwarf shrimps is possible. Dwarf crayfish and larger crayfish, on the other hand, are less suitable, as they inhabit the same water zone, which could lead to clashes to the detriment of the great catfish.

The L 018, which is quite specialized on plant food, not only rasps off as an aufwuchsfresser coatings and the microfauna contained in it, he can be fed in the aquarium also with vegetables and commercial catfish chips or food tablets. At the beginning it is a little bit meek, so that it can be offered several kinds at the same time, but also it can be persuaded quite soon to feed. Vegetable food, like for example our well to be dosed Zucchini chips or Hokkaido chips may be offered to him regularly, also he needs permanently soft Wood and Leaves to scrape off. Occasionally his menu may with frozen food, as for example black mosquito larvae, Daphnia or cyclops may be added to his menu.

Our food recommendation: The NatureHolic Catfish Feed is a professionally prepared complete food especially for all sucking catfish. The food tabs contain important dietary fibers such as chitin and plant fibers, which are essential for the survival of catfish for a well-functioning digestion. With strong proteins from insect larvae as well as carbohydrate-rich vegetables NatureHolic Catfish Feed provides all sucking catfish optimally with all important building materials for a fast and healthy growth. The extra hard chips can be scraped off by the catfish close to nature - here they really have to do something for their food! An occupation like in nature.

Our plant recommendation: Use for planting NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planaria and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.

Expert Tip: We recommend for fish keeping the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.

Scientific name: Baryancistrus xanthellus
German Name: Orange fringed lesser catfish, L18, L 018, Golden Nugget, L85, L177, LDA60
Difficulty level: advanced
Origin/Distribution: South America
Coloration: Dark body with orange spots and orange fin fringes that fuse together in the Aller
Age expectancy approx. 15 years
Water parameters: GH 0 to 10, KH 0 to 5, pH 5.5 to 7 Temperature 28 to 32 °C
Tank size: from 150 cm
Food Growth eater, prefers plant food, requires foliage and soft wood to scrape off, occasional frozen food
Breeding medium
Behavior peaceful, but territorial to conspecifics in places
Group size 4-6
Further information Ten typical aquarium fish for beginners and alternatives to them, Tips for acclimating fish to the aquarium, Feeding aquarium fish properly - cheap food and what it can do
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L18 - Golden Nugget - Baryancistrus xanthellus - 6-8cm

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Question: "Hi, ist Einzelhaltung möglich? & wie verhält er sich gegenüber der Bepflanzung? Wird diese gefressen? LG"

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Du kannst ihn alleine pfelgen. Füttere ihn mit überbrühtem Gemüse oder auch Chips, Tabletten und ähnlichem, dann lässt er deine Pfanzen in Ruhe.

Question: "Kann es bei der Vergesellschaftung von L18 - Golden Nugget mit Ancistrus sp. "Super rot" mit Kreuzungen der beiden Arten kommen, bzw. muss man damit generell bei Ancistrus-Arten untereinander rechnen? Liebe Grüße Uwe"

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Hallo Uwe, vielen Dank für deine Frage! Die Tiere können sich kreuzen, wenn sie den gleichen wissenschaftlichen Namen haben, in diesem Fall Baryancistrus xanthellus. 

Question: "Wann gibts denn den Golden Nugget wieder !!! ( 6 Stück ) ??? Und evtl. 46 Zebra ??? MfG: Andy"

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Hallo Andy! Wir warten derzeit selbst auf die nächste Lieferung, die in Krze eintreffen sollte. :-) Du kannst dich aber auch einfach mit deiner E-Mailadresse eintragen und wirst dann benachrichtigt, wenn sie wieder da sind.

Liebe Grüße, Kevin

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