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bellabean 01-02-2012 12:11 PM

Questions, please help
 
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Hi everyone,

I bought a sweet little pleco. We believe it is a L201 hypancistrus contraden.
It's still pretty little, about 1.5 - 2"


I'm worried it's not eating. I was putting food in a little early and my molly/platies were eating it. So I started waiting till it was nights out and put food in. But it's always there in the am. What am I doing wrong? I've had this poor pleco since Thursday and I'm worried it will starve!

I've tried;
pleco pellets
cucumber
zuchinni
algea wafers
frozen brine shrimp

Byron 01-02-2012 04:55 PM

I would have to dig further to perhaps confirm the species, but I will mention that according to Planet Catfish the pleco L201 is a different species from Hypancistrus contradens. There is also a near-identical species, H. inspector; the external difference between these latter two species is the black edging to the unpaired fins in H. inspector. L201 has a higher body than the other two species. Photos of all three abound at Planet Catfish.

On the feeding, the species in Hypancistrus are carnivores, not primarily vegetarian (algae) and I have known professional pleco aquarists who say they will not usually touch veggies. Fish and shrimp-based sinking foods are needed. Shrimp pellets (Omega One make an excellent one) are ideal, along with other sinking foods that contain a preponderance of fish meal, etc. Frozen bloodworms would be ideal, and with a pipette you can aim these directly in front of the pleco. Also frozen or live shrimp, though the other fish would likely devour this quickly.

They are nocturnal, so dropping these in a bit after the lights are out and even when the room ambient light is out (so it is true "darkness") should provide the food for the pleco as the other fish will be "sleeping." Newly-acquired fish, esp pleco, often show no interest in feeding until they are settled; at least, mine always have.

Byron.

bellabean 01-02-2012 05:35 PM

Thank You !!!

The person I bought from said, L201 Gold Spot Inspector Pleco
But everywhere I've been said no. And they all have there opinions ....
So I'm left scratching my head.

The pleco has taken to hanging out on the edge of the wood today. So more out in the open then before. Hopefully getting a little more settled in.

Byron 01-02-2012 07:10 PM

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Originally Posted by bellabean (Post 937877)
Thank You !!!

The person I bought from said, L201 Gold Spot Inspector Pleco
But everywhere I've been said no. And they all have there opinions ....
So I'm left scratching my head.

The pleco has taken to hanging out on the edge of the wood today. So more out in the open then before. Hopefully getting a little more settled in.

Here are links to the photos on Planet Catfish:

L201 species Hypancistrus sp. (L201) • Loricariidae • Cat-eLog • PlanetCatfish • PlanetCatfish.com

Hypancistrus contradens Hypancistrus contradens • Loricariidae • Cat-eLog • PlanetCatfish • PlanetCatfish.com

Hypancistrus inspector Hypancistrus inspector • Loricariidae • Cat-eLog • PlanetCatfish • PlanetCatfish.com

You have the live fish so it is usually easier to match photos. There are several different photos of each of these species on the linked pages. These may help you to narrow it down.

bellabean 01-02-2012 07:34 PM

Wow,
I can see why so much confusion now. I'm thinking I may need to wait tillit gets a little bigger.
The breeder said the parents are 4-5".

SO here's the other biq question. At what point can you tell the gender.

lorax84 01-02-2012 07:51 PM

That is a Hypancistrus Contradens, I have three of them. They eat a mostly carnivorous diet. I feed mine NSL, bloodworms, earthworm sticks and shrimp pellet. Occasionally veggies or veggie wafers.

bellabean 01-02-2012 08:40 PM

So why isn't it eating the frozen brine shrimp I put in?
Just still adjusting do you think?

It seems to be out a lot more today. Hung out on the driftwood. Maybe it will eat today.
Guess I should name it soon ;-)

lorax84 01-04-2012 05:24 PM

The first 3 mo I had my Contradens they only ate at night. Even now the only thing they will come out in the day for is blood worms. Just feed him before lights out and monitor how he looks. Sometime fish take a while to settle in to a new tank.

Another thing you need to be aware of it that all Hypancistrus grow painfully slow. They can take a few years to reach full size.


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