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beetlebz 02-09-2012 04:03 PM

need help with pleco id
 
I got this little guy about oooooh a year or so ago. He was sold as a "red eye pleco" and I havnt a clue. Someone told me it was clearly a red variation of a female BN, which im not so sure of. He is only about 4" maybe a tiny bit more, and hasnt grown in some time. Happy little guy, eats anything/everything, and isnt shy much at all.



Both pics I could only get with flash, so the eyes are reflecting the flash. The eyes are normally dark redish brown, like his body.



http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...71383_full.jpg


http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...bd597_full.jpg

GwenInNM 02-09-2012 07:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by beetlebz (Post 978096)
I got this little guy about oooooh a year or so ago. He was sold as a "red eye pleco" and I havnt a clue. Someone told me it was clearly a red variation of a female BN, which im not so sure of. He is only about 4" maybe a tiny bit more, and hasnt grown in some time. Happy little guy, eats anything/everything, and isnt shy much at all.



Both pics I could only get with flash, so the eyes are reflecting the flash. The eyes are normally dark redish brown, like his body.



http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...71383_full.jpg


http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...bd597_full.jpg

I'm no expert here -but it looks like a common Pleco to me. Definately not a BN, IMO.

Gwen

lorax84 02-09-2012 07:51 PM

It's definitely not a bristlenose. I don't think it's a common either. I would really need a better picture(s) to give you a better idea. When taking aquarium pictures I find they come out better if you turn on your aquarium light and turn off the flash on your camera.

beetlebz 02-09-2012 08:16 PM

ill try again tomorrow. the little guy is active enough during feeding that hes tough to catch, and sticks to the shadows. Moving fish + no flash = bllluuuurrrrr

I should add, the color is off too. his skin is more of a mottled brownish red.

beetlebz 02-10-2012 02:41 PM

of course I forgot my camera, and he just comes right out to dance for me. the little (expletive deleted).

This was taken on my worthless phone, but it does show his body a and colors a little better.





http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...86b5f_full.jpg

beetlebz 02-11-2012 04:25 PM

3 new pics, taken some with and some without flash.

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...24d85_full.jpg

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...a6d2e_full.jpg

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...17ecf_full.jpg

I hope this helps :\

beetlebz 02-13-2012 12:22 AM

Another forum suspects Pterygoplichthys pardalis, in a chocolate variant. I cant find any matching photos under google images, what do you guys think?

a search for "chocolate pleco", and "albino chocolate pleco" both come up with similar pictures, but still dont give me a scientific name. poo.

1077 02-13-2012 03:07 AM

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Originally Posted by beetlebz (Post 981112)
Another forum suspects Pterygoplichthys pardalis, in a chocolate variant. I cant find any matching photos under google images, what do you guys think?

a search for "chocolate pleco", and "albino chocolate pleco" both come up with similar pictures, but still dont give me a scientific name. poo.

Looks like Pterygoplichthys Scrophus That I have, except the photo is possibly a albino variant or cross.
Is said that L numbers for plecos, were not given until 1980's and that many species were discovered long before this time and were already identified by scientific term.
The two nodes protruding from nose lead me to believe the afore mentioned name often called Rhino Pleco.
Mine is only bout four inches, but I expect it to grow to around ten inches.
Is fairly good alage eater at juvenile stage from my observation's . Time will tell if this remains to be, and or if the specimen I have remains plant friendly.;-)

beetlebz 02-13-2012 09:52 AM

welp, they both have the rhino horns (nasal flutes). Harumph lol so close. yet so far away.

thanks 1077 :)

beetlebz 02-13-2012 03:09 PM

It was confirmed on the planetcatfish forums that it is indeed Pterygoplichthys pardalis.. L021 and L023. Common names of Common pleco (one of the many lol), and Janitor Fish.

Thanks to those whom helped! Guess Ill be saving room in my 110g for when tubby here hits a foot long :lol:


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