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afsound 08-16-2011 09:22 AM

Pleco blotchy skin
 
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Ive seen some posts on this, but Im still not convinced its merely stress.

When we introduced this pleco to our tank about 3 weeks ago, we noticed some discoloration immediately, but over time the blotchy skin is getting more and more prominent. Almost looks like large streaks of paleness.

I will attach a photo. :cry:

Could it have had a condition like ich, and now its getting worse? Or is this really stress?

..... what do I do, just wait?

Thanks for your feedback !

lorax84 08-16-2011 04:20 PM

that is normal pleco coloration. The natural pattern of a BN pleco is the calico striping you see here, it is meant to blend in with the river bottom. The dark coloring you saw at first and in the store is the stress coloring.

SeaHorse 08-16-2011 04:29 PM

Oh that is so nice to hear that it is feeling "at home" and is much less stressed!!! You are definately doing something right! Good job.

afsound 08-16-2011 05:57 PM

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Originally Posted by lorax84 (Post 786173)
that is normal pleco coloration. The natural pattern of a BN pleco is the calico striping you see here, it is meant to blend in with the river bottom. The dark coloring you saw at first and in the store is the stress coloring.


really? I never knew that. Thanks, I feel better now.

beetlebz 08-24-2011 07:29 AM

wouldnt that be stressed coloration for a common plec though?

lorax84 08-24-2011 02:55 PM

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Originally Posted by beetlebz (Post 797456)
wouldnt that be stressed coloration for a common plec though?

Common plecs vary in coloration based on the collection point, just like all plecs. I have owned commons with calico patterning. That is definitely not ich.

beetlebz 08-25-2011 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by lorax84 (Post 797932)
I have owned commons with calico patterning.

+1 for learning something new today :) never heard of that, but its cool!


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