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The Dwarf snowball pleco is a small pleco species, only reaching approximately 6cm, making it ideal for smaller aquariums. Snowball pleco is a native of Venezuela, specifically found in the Amazon blackwater river known as Rio Negar.

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Features of Dwarf Snowball Pleco:

  • Unique polka dots patterns; Black and grey base.
  • Grows up to 6cm
  • Torpedo-shaped bodies, flat bellies, and a downturned mouth or face


The Best Aquarium Size for Dwarf Snowball Pleco:

Dwarf Snowball Pleco can do well in a tank of 50L or larger. However, if you want to set up a community tank, you have to increase the tank size. 

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Snowball pleco’s peaceful nature makes it easy to choose tank mates for them. Any small to medium peaceful aquatic species can live with them in their tank. Just avoid large, aggressive or highly active bottom dwellers that will out compete or see them as food.

Here are some great tank mates:



The L471 is omnivorous. They love to feed on wood in the aquarium and has a liking for meaty high protein snacks. Feed them algae wafers, flakes and sinking pellets. They also accept treats like live or frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, and insect larvae. Vegetables such as zucchini can be fed once a week.

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Pleco Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Water quality is vital. This fish produces a moderate amount of waste, so an excellent filter is essential. Sponge filters make a great option for small to medium tanks, while cannister filters are a great option for medium to large aquariums. Ensure your filter has an adequate flow rate for your aquarium size. 

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Aquarium Heater

This pleco enjoys temperatures between 25 - 28° C. To manage stable water temperatures, we recommend installing a reliable aquarium heater and always monitor with an additional thermometer.

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Aquarium Plants

There are no strict cultivars that these fish prefer. So, get creative and add a variety of plants that fit this environment. Floating plants or large-leaved plants like java fern are all good choices for your pleco tank. Pleco's enjoy shaded areas and places to hide, this makes them feel safe.

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Aquarium Decorations

These cave-dwellers will appreciate a replication of their natural habitat, and that means you have the option of adding rock structures, pleco caves, and driftwood. Creating caves enables your fish to feel safe and claim territory. 

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Aquarium Lighting

These fish enjoy lower light levels with lots of shade and dark spaces to hide. If keeping live plants, they will need sufficient light to grow.

Standard aquarium lighting is appropriate. Shop aquarium lighting here.

Aquarium Substrate

Aquarium sand is ideal for plecos as they are bottom dwellers and will forage through substrate for food. If you prefer to use gravel, use a smooth and rounded gravel to protect their bodies.

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