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post #1 of 24 Old 06-20-2010, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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New Hypancistrus furunculus

He's very shy, but today I finally managed to get a couple shots of this fellow. Hypancistrus furunculus, one of the more recently-discovered plecos that is suitable for a largish (4+ feet) community. You can read about him in the Profiles.

This is a wild-caught fish, as most of these are, and nearly full grown. Although I've only had him just short of three weeks, he has learned the feeding times and the "signal" (I gently tap the tank frame whenever I feed the fish so the catfish know to come out). The first pic of him in his "home;" he has taken over this spot in the horizontal log as it is close to the filter outflow and he appreciates a gentle current. The second pic caught him out front chomping down on a tablet. He readily goes after any of the tablet/pellet foods offered.

Third pic is of the aquarium as it looks currently.

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post #2 of 24 Old 06-20-2010, 02:02 PM
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bautiful, you never ceas to impress byron

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Beautiful pleco, Byron. I want one for my next tank. Really nice pics, too.

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The new pleco is a nice looking fish.That tank is incredible.Maybe one day I'll figure out how to get mine to look like that.I recently read this article about new plecos being discoveredhttp://www.practiclefishkeeping.co.uk/content.php?=2915.
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That second link didn't work either, but when I logged in to PFK I found it. I suspect one has to be registered to see some of these things; I have followed several links from other places with the same result.

Yes, there are some 34 new species in this genus not yet described, as noted in the profile of Hypancistrus furunculus. As new streams are explored for the first time, new fish are being discovered. We can't know how many species may become extinct in the SA and SE Asian rainforests (due to habitat destruction) that we don't even know about yet, and they will be gone before we find them. Sad really.

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I find it fascinating to read about all the new species being discovered;most of them aquatic.In my opinion we spend far too much money and time on building space stations and sending people into low Earth orbit when there is so much life we know nothing about on this planet especially in the deep oceans and remote regions.Instead of trying to preserve and learn,we destroy.
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post #8 of 24 Old 06-20-2010, 10:33 PM
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BTW on subject awesome looking fish byron, sooo envious.

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post #9 of 24 Old 06-20-2010, 11:22 PM
Beautiful pleco and phenomenal tank!! Always looks amazing! I finally decided to turn my bubble wand off and waited to see how my fish did, well they did great and my plants LOVE not having the bubbles on. Their finally growing and sprouting new leaves. Anyways, do you have any recommendations on trimming them?? Again, AMAZING tank! You always impress me!!

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Beautiful pleco and phenomenal tank!! Always looks amazing! I finally decided to turn my bubble wand off and waited to see how my fish did, well they did great and my plants LOVE not having the bubbles on. Their finally growing and sprouting new leaves. Anyways, do you have any recommendations on trimming them?? Again, AMAZING tank! You always impress me!!
Thank you. What plants do you have? Different plants need different trimming, or some no trimming. List the names and I'll comment. B.

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