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stuby 07-28-2008 11:24 PM

L174 pleco
My L174's bred a week ago and I got my first glimps at a fry seems to be taking good care of the kids so far! :D

stuby 07-30-2008 08:51 PM

I pulled the fry today so I could make sure they are eating when they are big's a pics of them. Hope you like!! :D

beweeb 07-30-2008 09:00 PM

wow thats awesome
i never saw pleco fry before :welldone: :welldone:

stuby 07-30-2008 10:46 PM

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)

iamntbatman 07-31-2008 12:47 AM

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?

jeaninel 07-31-2008 01:09 AM

Awesome pic! Congratulations.

GeegaFish 07-31-2008 12:07 PM

Very cool and congrat's on your babies! 8)

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

okiemavis 07-31-2008 04:42 PM

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Beware though, some L-numbers are out of date, or not always universally the same.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.

stuby 07-31-2008 06:28 PM

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 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! :frustrated: But it really helps sort them out and untill they are described it's the best solution to the problem..

stuby 08-02-2008 08:42 AM

Here's a pic I took of them last night...

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