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Anybody else with acanthicus adonis out there?
Old 02-19-2011, 04:06 PM   #11
 
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I think they go from cutesy to awesome as they age. Who doesn't want monsters? :D

A picture of the LFS adonis would be great. My LFS left their adonises in an under-maintained female betta tank and they didn't grow for months. Mine came from that tank within days of when they received them and he is over 4" with another 3" of whips while the one they have left is still 2" and doesn't even have his whips started. Sad to see what high nitrates will do to sensitive fish.
I'm going down there next Thursday. I hope Ron still has it. It's HUGE and freaky looking, in a good way. I'll be more than happy to post a pic. Fingers crossed the pleco is still there!
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:18 AM   #12
 
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I went and saw Ron and he still had the Pleco. I assume this is an adonis as it's so spikey I had to wear gloves to hold it. Ron's so funny, when he knew I wanted to take a pic he said, "Well, let's do a picture right". He got a pair of gloves that he had me put on, he removed it from the tank (bare handed, he's a pleco pro, I am not) and we snapped off a few quick shots. I look totally dorky in the photos because I was a little apprehensive. These fish are strong, and he's got that body plate armour with spikes all over his body. Normally I would never hold a fish but at a price tag of $600 bucks I just had to do it.
First pic is me holding it, second pic is me pretending like I was going to kiss it, then a close up of his spikes. We only had him out of the tank for less than one minute, we weren't cruel.
He measured 17 inches without his whips.
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:20 AM   #13
 
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Oooohhhh...Pleco is screaming, "Kissy kissy my spiky facey!" Too bad you resisted!
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:26 AM   #14
 
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Oooohhhh...Pleco is screaming, "Kissy kissy my spiky facey!" Too bad you resisted!
Resist? Ha! The thought never crossed my mind. It was Ron who said, "Get him up to your close to you and make a kissy face". Ron is a great guy and I always have so much fun visiting with him. Not to mention he always cuts me great deals. I have never paid sticker price, not even once, on my purchases from him. How great is that??
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:30 AM   #15
 
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Beyond great! But you still need to get a pic of you kissing it for real!
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:17 AM   #16
 
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Beyond great! But you still need to get a pic of you kissing it for real!
Never, and I mean NEVER.
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:35 PM   #17
 
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I'd kiss that Adonis! That is definitely a true adonis. Hystrix has a rounder head and more odontodes. Beautiful specimen and epic of you to hold him for the picture! 17" is definitely nothing to sneeze at. And you don't need to worry about time out of water. They can breathe atmospheric air for quite some time and are a hardy species not prone to suffering from physical handling. Glad you didn't get poked through the glove, I see you holding him by the odontodes. Very bold of you. It does provide a better grip, though.

It's true about pricing. The price stated is a starting point for negotiation, always. And if they really like you, they'll usually let the fish go for a 20% profit instead of the usual 300%. Except for Oscars, they're most likely to be free if you show interest.

Now I've got to get a picture of me kissing my adonis. Will this become the kiss-your-fish thread?!
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:50 PM   #18
 
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I'd kiss that Adonis! That is definitely a true adonis. Hystrix has a rounder head and more odontodes. Beautiful specimen and epic of you to hold him for the picture! 17" is definitely nothing to sneeze at. And you don't need to worry about time out of water. They can breathe atmospheric air for quite some time and are a hardy species not prone to suffering from physical handling. Glad you didn't get poked through the glove, I see you holding him by the odontodes. Very bold of you. It does provide a better grip, though.

It's true about pricing. The price stated is a starting point for negotiation, always. And if they really like you, they'll usually let the fish go for a 20% profit instead of the usual 300%. Except for Oscars, they're most likely to be free if you show interest.

Now I've got to get a picture of me kissing my adonis. Will this become the kiss-your-fish thread?!
LOL, holding him by the odontodes was the only way I felt safe holding him, as I didn't want his head to get free and spike me, and you're right, that was the only way I felt like I had a good grip. He was very strong, I was surprized by that. I still think it was very cool of Ron to let me hold it for the camera. Ron took him from the tank bare handed, how crazy is that?? He's a true pleco wrangler.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:20 AM   #19
 
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I also have lots of fun catching big plecos. There are lots of little do's and don'ts that add up fast within a few catches. I almost never use nets at all to move large fish, just hands and/or buckets. I'll be moving my adonis in a few months when he's gotten too big for the 55g. I'll be sure to get pics then.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:29 AM   #20
 
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I also have lots of fun catching big plecos. There are lots of little do's and don'ts that add up fast within a few catches. I almost never use nets at all to move large fish, just hands and/or buckets. I'll be moving my adonis in a few months when he's gotten too big for the 55g. I'll be sure to get pics then.
Where were you when I had to fish out my little three inch ABN pleco from the prefilter area of my tank?? I stuck my hand down into the slot to retrieve him, the minute I placed my hand around him he spiked me, I screamed and fell off backwards from the step stool that I use to reach the tank. Scared the crap out of me. I hate to say but I had to use a net to get him out of there. Even a little bristlenose can defend itself when need me. Yikes. Now you know why when Ron offered me the gloves I glady took them.
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