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post #1 of 3 Old 09-29-2011, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone help me determine what kind of Pleco I have?

I'm having trouble distinguishing a certain pleco in my tank. Can anyone help? This tank was handed down to me so I didn't pick out the pleco myself.

It's weird because I have a sailfin common pleco and then this mystery pleco and they had a baby. The baby is a suckermouth like the common but it's colored and spotted like the other pleco. Now, to describe this adult pleco, I can only say it's not bottom swimming or long and skinny like I see all over the internet. It's fatter and swims at all levels but has these feeler-antenna things for bottom-feeding, which made me think it was bristlenose; but I can't find any pictures anywhere giving me a hint at what this type of pleco is. It has fins kinda like a lionfish does...

If anyone can help it would be much appreciated! I can't determine which is the male or female, and the previous owner had absolutely no idea there was a baby pleco in the tank. I'd like to know what type of pleco the adult is, because along with my sharks and catfish, I have way too many algae eaters/ bottom feeders in my tank and would like to get rid of one of the adults, if not both.

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post #2 of 3 Old 09-29-2011, 10:37 PM
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It's not a pleco, it's a Synodontis Eupterus. Google it and you'll find all kinds of info. I doubt that a Syno and a pleco would crossbreed. That would be an interesting mix though! LOL

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post #3 of 3 Old 09-30-2011, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much! i was wondering why i couldnt find any info on it while searching pleco. But there is only one other pleco in the tank and hasnt been any others as far as i know, so we both dont know where this baby came from!
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