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post #1 of 12 Old 01-05-2012, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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What is the species of the Pleco

Does anyone know what species this pleco is?


I'm feeding it algae wafers and it seems to like them, he sits there all day with the thing in his mouth.

I feed nutrafin max small tropical fish micro granules for my gobys and tetras.

I don't need to feed the shrimp right?
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-05-2012, 11:23 PM
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Looks like a regular Bristlenose Pleco to me.
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post #3 of 12 Old 01-05-2012, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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is that the same as Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus?
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-06-2012, 05:56 AM
looks like a common pleco how long have u had it and how big is he ?
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post #5 of 12 Old 01-06-2012, 07:35 AM
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The shrimp will eat the little left over bits of food among other things, with those ones you will not need to feed them anything special. Fan eaters are a different story (like Bamboo Shrimp).

Not sure on the specific species of the pleco, but I've seen them often in fish stores so could very well be the Common Pleco. They get big (well, all plecos do), the Common ~20". They eat algae when small, but not as they get older. You'll need to give them different food, for example vegetables like cucumber.
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looks like a common pleco how long have u had it and how big is he ?
Have had it for about a month, it's probably 2" big.

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The shrimp will eat the little left over bits of food among other things, with those ones you will not need to feed them anything special. Fan eaters are a different story (like Bamboo Shrimp).

Not sure on the specific species of the pleco, but I've seen them often in fish stores so could very well be the Common Pleco. They get big (well, all plecos do), the Common ~20". They eat algae when small, but not as they get older. You'll need to give them different food, for example vegetables like cucumber.
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post #7 of 12 Old 01-06-2012, 09:43 AM
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I saw in your other thread you said your tank was just 5 gallons?

If so I'd strongly recommend seeing if you can return/exchange the pleco for something else. They simply get far too large, plus they produce a LOT of waste (like goldfish).

He's fine now, but will outgrown a 5 gallon quickly. Your typical 55 gallon tank, while 4 feet long, is only 12 3/4 inches wide (outside dimension!) which means a full grown pleco would have trouble turning around. Much better to have a 4ft long, 2ft wide or larger tank for these guys.
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It's a Bristlenose Pleco. They only get to about 4-6".

150 Gallon - Mostly American Cichlids
135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-06-2012, 03:20 PM
I defo didn't see any bristles on that I also have a common plec and he looks the exact same
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-08-2012, 03:47 PM
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Just because there's no bristles doesn't mean it's not a BN. It could be a female or just not mature enough yet. I have 3 BN's including a female which looks exactly like this one, markings and all. I guess time will tell whether it is or not.

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