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post #11 of 18 Old 05-23-2008, 01:59 PM
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how big is he going to get

About 5.5 inches, Steve.

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oh thats cool i thought it was one of those plecos that gets to be like over a foot(decimeter)
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post #12 of 18 Old 06-14-2008, 12:46 AM
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I can't tell from the pic, is he the low fin (Hemiancistrus subviridis) or high fin (Baryancistrus demantoides)? I have a 6.5" Hemiancistrus subviridis.....
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Ooh, awesome, someone who knows! I couldn't find anything conclusive in my wanderings as to whether there were more than one kind of these guys, even though there appeared to be. I knew he was different than some cuz he had that dip in his dorsal fin that almost looked like a bite out of it.

He's definitely a Baryancistrus demantoides :D My LFS got both kinds in the shipment, and both myself and the LFS guy (who I love) could tell they were two different kinds, but didn't know enough to separately ID them. I went for this kind cuz I like the way the fins fade out to yellow.

Here's a newer photo. He's claimed this hole in a rock as "his spot" and he's there 99% of the day. Sometimes he moves to the cave next door, but only for a couple of minutes. Not the most interactive fish I've owned, but I sure do love him!!

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post #14 of 18 Old 06-14-2008, 12:40 PM
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Baryancistrus has dorsal and adipose fins connected by an expanded posterior section of the dorsal-fin membrane and Hemiancistrus doesn't...easy way to tell them apart if you can get a look at it anyways!

Plecs in general aren't the most interactive fish! But when they do come out it's worth all the waiting! 8) By adding more hiding places they tend to come out more too! I think it's because they feel more at home and can hide easy if they need to.

Nice looking plec BTW...looks like he is settling in nicely!
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Baryancistrus has dorsal and adipose fins connected by an expanded posterior section of the dorsal-fin membrane and Hemiancistrus doesn't...easy way to tell them apart if you can get a look at it anyways! .
Outstanding info. Many thanks.

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post #16 of 18 Old 06-14-2008, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah- not so interactive. He's pretty good though. I can always spot him in his hole and he doesn't hide when stick my face up close to look at him. My friend actually took that photo with an underwater camera and the plec didn't even swim away!

I have a *heavily* planted tank with a bunch of caves, so I think you're right about the more caves=less hiding. I also think he likes living with my 9 juvi bristlenoses. He's 10x their size, so he's king, but he's comforted by how out and about they are around the tank.
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post #17 of 18 Old 06-14-2008, 07:29 PM
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Yep the more plecs that are out the more he'll come out too....Ive noticed this too. I have 6 dwarf Peckolia sp fry in a tank that don't come out much in the day time and I have 15 or so in another tank with bn babies that come out all the time...
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Hopefully he won't be too depressed when the BNs grow up and get moved to breeder tanks :P
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