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ippielb
12-13-2013, 09:14 PM
So im starting to wonder if both of my plecos are yellow king tigers or not. Anyone lend a hand in the ID?
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g79/halfsoldier/4CAA75DB-5344-4D0E-B5A3-CCE1346633A3.png

talldutchie
12-13-2013, 09:20 PM
Unless you got a latin name for a yellow king tiger, I'm not going to be able to help

ippielb
12-13-2013, 11:23 PM
Hypancistrus sp. (L333)

Is that what your after?

talldutchie
12-14-2013, 07:41 AM
Close enough. Well it's definitely looking like a hypancistrus from the Rio Xingu (enjoy that will it lasts, most of those will be extinct before 2020 (http://www.planetcatfish.com/general/general.php?article_id=492))
But if it's L333 or L401 I'm not entirely sure. A few more pics would help. Here's the best overview of hypancistrus I've seen so far.
http://plecoplanet.com/?page_id=571

ippielb
12-15-2013, 01:33 AM
I went through that, and going off of what they say my fish sound like the L-333 still. I think i have two males. As they are always in hiding, have spikes along their front two fins, and are staying relatively small. One thing i do not see, if they are males, is the hairy looking tails....

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talldutchie
12-15-2013, 06:10 AM
Perhaps they're not adult yet.

ippielb
12-17-2013, 01:37 AM
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there we go, got a couple of pictures of them both out.

talldutchie
12-17-2013, 04:55 AM
Almost fully grown. Tricky to sex from here but I'd vote on L333 myself.

ippielb
12-18-2013, 04:49 AM
Lots of pictures I see people take them out and put them in a container and take a picture from above. Would that be something I should try? To aid in the process of sexing them? I would like to try and breed them, since I got my Bolivian rams able to breed, I'd like a little more challenge.

talldutchie
12-18-2013, 06:11 AM
I think you can do fine by yourself. You got the fish and you can observe.

Adult males develope teeth-like odontodes around the head and the pectoral fins. Viewed from above the female looks much more massive than the male.

Easiest way of sexing even half-grown ones is to provide enough caves. The fish entering and staying in the holes are only the males.