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Author Topic: Help Identifying my Pleco  (Read 6384 times)
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« on: April 05, 2008, 09:17:54 PM »

I don't know what he is, and cannot find him online.  He ended up with me because my buddy didn't want him in his little 10g.  I need to know if he is going to get too big for my 55 gallon cause I don't want to stunt him. 

Any ideas????



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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2008, 10:04:35 PM »

If you look very closely, does it have tiny bristles on its nose? It looks a bit like my two females which are, as close as I can figure, Gold Marble Bristlenose Plecos. Here are a couple of pictures to compare to yours.

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2008, 06:58:09 AM »

It looks like a common pleco to me.
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2008, 08:42:22 AM »

It looks like a common pleco to me..

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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2008, 09:51:51 AM »

Check the pictures on Planet Catfish and see if any look like yours.
http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/index.php
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2008, 01:14:59 PM »

I'm going to join with Danni and agree that it could very well be a bristlenose hybrid. Or something else entirely lol...but I am not convinced it's a Common pleco.

It's hard to judge by patterns, both with bristlenose and with common pleco's because they are really so hybridized. I have bristlenoses with color patterns that look nothing like the the ones you see in many of the pictures on line.

Common pleco's are generally of the pterygoplichthys or hypostomus genus's. A quick and easy first clue for me is to look at the tail.

here are pics of a Hypostomus
http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/species.php?species_id=643

a profile of a Pterygoplichthys -  as noted in the profile they feel that this is probably the mostly widely sold species under the name Common Pleco
http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/species.php?species_id=88

here's a profile of the bristlenose, a fish in the Ancistrus genus
http://www.badmanstropicalfish.com/profiles/profile117.html

note that an Ancistrus caudal fin (tail) looks nothing like either of the fish known as Commons.
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2008, 01:25:26 PM »

great, just what I didnt want, a common pleco...   I dont see any evidence of bristles around the nose, but he/she is very brown in color and his/her dorsal fin is much smaller than the common ones I have had in the past.     

I suppose either way, common or bristlenose, it's too big for my tank.

Thanks for the help!

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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2008, 01:33:00 PM »

A bristlenose stays much smaller and is fine for a 55 (I have one in my 33). A common, certainly not in a 55. How big is the pleco now? Do you know how old it is or how long your friend had it?
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2008, 01:35:33 PM »

of course you can keep it if it's a bristlenose. Look at the profile for him that I posted.
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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2008, 01:56:47 PM »

Wierd I could have sworn I read that bristlenose can get up to 35" or somthing...ahh I think I have been reading to much about fish latley, all starting to blend together......

Right now it is about 2.5 inches long, and I think my friend got him about 3 months ago, don't know how long it was in the fish store before that. 

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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2008, 02:41:14 PM »

If its a common.... in the next 6 months it will more than double in length.
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« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2008, 05:31:19 PM »

A female bristlenose won't grow the bristles.  Those are only present on the males.  As Karen said, if it is a common it should become apparent pretty quickly.  A bristlenose will max out at about 5 inches.  If yours goes beyond that.......you know the rest.


edit - I actually might have to take back what I just said about bristlenose size.  Someone (Sully maybe?) mentioned something about a HUGE "bristlenose" that outgrew a 55.  But I think most of the bristlenoses that you commonly find in stores stay under 6 inches.  Cross your fingers that you have one of those.   Wink
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« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2008, 05:48:41 PM »

Well, female bristlenose won't get the branches that males get but they do have tiny cute little bristles on their noses. You just have to look very  closely because a lot of the time, the bristles lay back against the skin. They are usually located on the sides of the nose. Sort of looks like she hasn't shaved for a couple of days. lol2
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« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2008, 07:31:12 PM »

if it's a bristle it will grow much more slowly, mine have taken a few years to get to around 6"
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« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2008, 08:05:36 AM »

Looks like a female BN to me Wink
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