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jsm11482 11-11-2006 10:47 AM

2 new plecos, pls help identify
Just got two plecos, I tried to remember the label on the tank from which they came but I cant find it on the internet anywhere. I thought it said "palmerro catfish" or "palmaderro catfish". Any ideas? They are about 3", silver body with black spots all over.

Also, please explain to me why they are so dumb. All they have been doing for the last 12+ hours is swimming up and down vertically in the same corner of the tank, non-stop. I am thinking now that I shouldn't have bought them since I am getting discus and they are really active and clumsy.

joeshmoe 11-11-2006 11:45 AM

bettababy 11-11-2006 02:33 PM

This catfish is definately of the pimelodidae species, but I don't think it is pictus. The pictus has larger spots and not quite as many.
Just for clarification, these are catfish, but not "plecos".
They are known to be a very skittish fish, and very sensitive to their water quality and stress. The pacing you describe is common. You'll want to make sure they have a LOT of ground cover and caves to hide in, this will help with the pacing. They like a warmer temp, and get approx 14 inches in length. Be forewarned, as they get larger, they WILL eat anything they can fit into their mouths.
Hope this helps.

FunkWeasel 11-11-2006 04:35 PM

pictus cats are very sensitive to water conditions. I got some feeders introduced to my tank and they had a little ick. It was so little my other fish didnt notice it but within 10 min my 3 pictus were belly up.

jsm11482 11-11-2006 09:11 PM

Oops i didnt realize i titled the post wrong!

Thanks for the info I wish I had known before I bought them that they get large. The guy at the store said 6inches max. I do believe they are "pims" can you please tell me the full name?

Do you think I can bring them back to the store? I didn't want skittish clumsy catfish that grow to 14"!

bettababy 11-11-2006 11:38 PM

You can try to return them, explain that they were sold to you under false pretense, and you'd like them replaced with something more suitable for your tank.
What size tank is it? How long has it been set up? Maybe we can help you to find species that will work well in your tank... if you give us some basic info about the tank, I'm sure plenty here have suggestions.

jsm11482 11-12-2006 12:10 AM

Its 90gal, check my profile/tank link for more info! Thanks, I will call them tomorrow and hope they take em back. I would just get a few more danios to replace them since my 4 seem lonely :(.

girlofgod 11-12-2006 02:10 PM

hey josh, just a you plan on leaving the danios in with your discus when you get them? cuz if you don't, you might want to reconsider, because you will have to tear your tank apart, literally, to catch the little buggers....just wondering!


bolty 11-13-2006 12:45 PM

14inch pictus?
14inch somethink els?

you may get a diff SP of cat that looks like a pictus i dont no?
but the pictus cats do come in a range of small and larger spotting, and the pictus cat only get 6ish inches

my small spot cat

and a bigger spot cat

bettababy 11-13-2006 04:20 PM

I did some further research, and it appears that you may have a columbian variety of the species... which is said to grow reportedly larger than the standard pictus catfish. Here's a link that may be of some help:

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