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Author Topic: what type of pleco?  (Read 1838 times)
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« on: July 03, 2016, 11:25:00 PM »

Hello, my friend was hoping I could put her large pleco in with my goldfish as she needs to rehome him due to size.  I've read that common plecos can live with goldfish (I keep mine at 19 degrees celcius) but I believe that this may be a sailfin pleco.. and they need warmer water…
Can anyone tell what type this is by the picture?  It is about 10 inches long…

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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2016, 12:09:25 AM »

Definitely a Common Pleco...Just has a larger dorsal fin! (Some do and some dont)
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2016, 11:06:13 AM »

Looks like a Sailfin to me. How are you keeping your aquarium at 19c?

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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2016, 06:15:05 PM »

I have a goldfish "pond" (tub) in the basement.  Without heaters the water would be around 15 degrees.  I have 3 heaters in it and keep it at 19.  Any warmer and my goldfish get frisky!

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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2016, 08:41:04 AM »

Your water isn't terrible off the charts for a pleco.  Yup its a little cool, but if the fish had to choose between a little cool and way too small of a tank... I would pick the cooler water.
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Tanks: 46 gallon: 1 angel fish, 10 harlequin rasporas, 4 bronze corydora, 6 lemon tetras, 8 gold barbs, 1 bristlenose pleco, cherry red shrimp and algae earing shrimp, 2 mystery snails. 180 gallon stock tank: 9 comet/common goldfish
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2016, 11:37:06 PM »

Here are a couple more pictures of the pleco..  We cannot figure out the type. 
Thanks Karen.  I'm leaving Canada for a trip to Hong Kong in a few days, so after that I think we will move the pleco in with my goldfish.

RAHT


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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2016, 11:38:09 PM »

The better picture didn't show up in my last post…  I'll try again here.


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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2016, 11:17:11 AM »

The defining characteristic is the number of dorsal spines, 11-13 is a sailfin and is clearly what you have.  The common plecos only have 5-8.
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