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katkins1957 10-13-2010 01:06 PM

Plec or cory??
I have purchased a small catfish and on the receipt it says plec. on looking at posts of photos on this site it seems to resemble the Reticulated cory:-?. Can anyone help please.????

thefishboy 10-13-2010 01:22 PM

Its hard to tell without a picture?? Any chance of a picture??

SinCrisis 10-13-2010 01:34 PM

pictures definitely, there are lots of variations of pleco. Its impossible for us to tell you without a photo of your actual fish.

Spooki 10-13-2010 01:40 PM

"Pleco" is a name applied to many different species in the Lorricariidae family. They're all armored catfish with suckermouths. If your fish doesn't have a suckermouth it's not a "pleco".

katkins1957 10-13-2010 01:46 PM

pleco pics.
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i have attatched a couple of pics .(i hope) Perhaps that will help in the identification. thanks.:-)

thefishboy 10-13-2010 01:52 PM

Thats definatley a plec not sure which one be be careful some can grow to half a meter!!!

katkins1957 10-13-2010 02:11 PM


Originally Posted by thefishboy (Post 491840)
Thats definatley a plec not sure which one be be careful some can grow to half a meter!!!

Thanks.. I hope it doesnt grow that big . ha ha . I was going to get another to keep it company , what do you reckon?? :lol:

thefishboy 10-13-2010 02:16 PM

Im not an expert but some can be territoreal?! Some1 esle could probably confirm that.... But aslong as there is loads of hiding places it should be OK...

Marginatus 10-13-2010 02:17 PM

They can be quite aggressive towards each other depending on species and tank size, I wouldn't personally get another until I knew a little more about that particular species, I have an idea but I'm not 100% what species it is so I'm not going to guess. They're best kept alone really.

BTW just to scare you a bit :-D I had a hi finned Pleco that was nearly two feet long and was almost a foot wide at the pectoral fins...good luck;-):lol:

SinCrisis 10-13-2010 02:20 PM

Most will grow at least 10 inches and produce double the bioload of a fish of their size, meaning a 10 inch pleco would need ~20 gallons of water. Unless you have 40 gallons and no other fish, i would wait to find otu what species you have before getting another. Also they eat algae as their main diet, if you do not have a lot of algae growth, they will eat your plants. Then they will starve, most dont reach max size because they starve, be prepared to start feeding algae wafers when the algae in your tank is gone.

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