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post #1 of 10 Old 07-28-2008, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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L174 pleco

My L174's bred a week ago and I got my first glimps at a fry today.....dad seems to be taking good care of the kids so far! :D
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-30-2008, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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I pulled the fry today so I could make sure they are eating when they are big enough......here's a pics of them. Hope you like!! :D

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post #3 of 10 Old 07-30-2008, 09:00 PM
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wow thats awesome
i never saw pleco fry before

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post #4 of 10 Old 07-30-2008, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks you, there one of my favorite plecs and getting them to breed took me 2 1/2 years to do...but it's been well worth the wait! 8)
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-31-2008, 12:47 AM
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Very cool. I've never seen pleco fry before, either. How big are they when they're born and how long before they need food rather than just those big yolk sacs?

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post #6 of 10 Old 07-31-2008, 01:09 AM
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Awesome pic! Congratulations.

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post #7 of 10 Old 07-31-2008, 12:07 PM
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Very cool and congrat's on your babies! 8)

Why is the Pleco's name L174? What exactly does that mean?

"One fish, two fish....red fish, blue fish."
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-31-2008, 04:42 PM
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The L-number naming started when two german magazines began publishing photos of newly discovered plecos. These species often had not yet been properly classified by scientists, or else their classification was doubted. To avoid these problems, the publishers just began numbering these plecos, regardless of the genus. Aqualog later published a book which identified all known L-number and further popularized the system.

Beware though, some L-numbers are out of date, or not always universally the same. I believe there are over 300 L numbers currently in use. Personally though, I like the system, as I sometimes have difficulty keeping up with how often plecos are reclassified.
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-31-2008, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! There just over 1/4" head to tail and they'll start to eat at about 2 weeks old! There a smaller plecs only reaching about 3.5" and are slow growers.....it takes years for them to get to adult size!

There is a lot of confusion in the L number system.....there's over 411 L-numbers now and by the time a new publication comes out it is already out dated! But it really helps sort them out and untill they are described it's the best solution to the problem..
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-02-2008, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Here's a pic I took of them last night...

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