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Plecos
09-07-2014, 11:25 PM
Just took his first picture. He does have a large fin on his back when he is swimming around. I will have to spend some time to get a good one later. Reflections on the tank, sun light etc make it hard for a good one. Mark
http://photos.imageevent.com/willy/carltoncomplexfire/large/DSCN0460.JPG

Cliff
09-07-2014, 11:29 PM
He certainly does look like a common pleco. The below link might help

http://www.planetcatfish.com/common/species.php?species_id=88

Plecos
09-07-2014, 11:41 PM
He certainly does look like a common pleco. The below link might help

http://www.planetcatfish.com/common/species.php?species_id=88
That what I figured when I saw it. Mine is a lot fatter around then the one in the picture but has the same fins. Mark

cm12setx
09-08-2014, 01:46 AM
That is one big happy pleco. thumbs2:

talldutchie
09-08-2014, 05:31 AM
He certainly does look like a common pleco. The below link might help

http://www.planetcatfish.com/common/species.php?species_id=88

Actually I think it's this one: http://www.planetcatfish.com/common/species.php?species_id=1967
Biggest of that family.

Anyway, it's very chubby, wondering if it's getting enough fiber in it's diet.

Cliff
09-08-2014, 11:47 PM
I think you are correct talldutchie

Plecos
09-09-2014, 03:30 AM
Actually I think it's this one: http://www.planetcatfish.com/common/species.php?species_id=1967
Biggest of that family.

Anyway, it's very chubby, wondering if it's getting enough fiber in it's diet.That one looks like him with his fins all spread out. Maybe the driftwood will help on the fiber now that he has a chunk? I feed him flake food and shrimp pellets at night. He does have a big sailfin on his back when he spreads it!

Plecos
09-09-2014, 04:06 AM
I just looked at his sailfin and it has around 12+ rays on it.

talldutchie
09-09-2014, 05:53 AM
That one looks like him with his fins all spread out. Maybe the driftwood will help on the fiber now that he has a chunk? I feed him flake food and shrimp pellets at night. He does have a big sailfin on his back when he spreads it!

Feed this fish fresh veg several times a week and you will have a much healthier fish. This one shows clear signs of a diet that is much too protein heavy

Plecos
09-10-2014, 03:39 AM
I got a picture with his Sailfin up. I also put him a cave in the tank. I had some 6 inch square PVC from my white fence I just cut off a post. He has not gone in it yet but is thinking about it. I still have to clean the glass better for good pictures. Mark
http://photos.imageevent.com/willy/carltoncomplexfire/large/DSCN0498%20-%20Copy.JPG

cm12setx
09-10-2014, 03:59 AM
If you have a zequeni cut into 2" parts and blanch in microwave for a min or two. Let cool and drop in a part. See what he will do.

Plecos
09-10-2014, 04:09 AM
If you have a zequeni cut into 2" parts and blanch in microwave for a min or two. Let cool and drop in a part. See what he will do.We have a bunch in our garden. I cut one up tomorrow and see what happens. Thanks

talldutchie
09-10-2014, 05:52 AM
Once he's used to it the microwaving isn't necessary any more. You can slice the zucchini and freeze the rest.
Also sticking a teaspoon trough it will help it sink

talldutchie
09-10-2014, 05:55 AM
http://photos.imageevent.com/willy/carltoncomplexfire/large/DSCN0498%20-%20Copy.JPG

That is almost certainly Pterygoplichthys multiradiatus. You're looking at 18 inch minus the tail for this fish.

cm12setx
09-10-2014, 04:52 PM
Once he's used to it the microwaving isn't necessary any more. You can slice the zucchini and freeze the rest.
Also sticking a teaspoon trough it will help it sink
thanks TD i did not know that.

Plecos
09-10-2014, 06:23 PM
This is what I found on it;
•Scientific name: Pterygoplichthys multiradiatus (Hancock; 1828)
•Synonyms: Hypostomus multiradiatus, Ancistrus multiradiatus, Liposarcus multiradiatus
•Common name: Orinoco sailfin catfish
•Group: Catfishes
•Habitat: South America; Venezuela, widespread from Orinoco River basin to Argentina. It has been introduced to many country, such as Taiwan, Vietnam, Southeast USA, Mexico and Hawaii.
•Size: 50 cm
•Biotope: Inhabits freshwater streams and lakes and in weedy, mud-bottomed canals.
•Social behavior: A generally peaceful catfish, but it can be territorial with its own kind. Can be kept in a community tank with most of the fish.
•Diet: Omnivorous; mainly feeds on benthic algae and aquatic weeds, but will also take worms and insect larvae in nature. It will accept dried and tablet foods in aquarium.
•Breeding: It is not possible in aquarium.
•Tank: Minimum 450 litres
•Population: 1 fish for 450 litres
•Decoration: It should be kept only in large tanks with plenty of rocks and driftwood in which it can hide.
•Temperature: 23-27 C
•pH: 6.5-7.8.
•Hardness: 4-20 NK
•Lifespan: 10-12 years

Description: Pterygoplichthys multiradiatus has a light brown body color with a leopard-like pattern: its body and fins are covered with dark spots of variable size, while on the abdomen area it has broken circle like patterns. Dark spots discrete, never coalescing or forming dark chevrons on posterior half of body. Pterygoplichthys can be identified by the number of rays in the sail-like dorsal fin. 12-14 (rarely 11) soft rays indicates that it's a Pterygoplichthys. Most other plecos have 8 or fewer rays (in particular the larger Hypostomus species that are most likely to be confused with Pterygoplichthys). Although these catfishes are not particularly active during the day, their mature size dictates tanks of many hundreds of litres. Orinoco sailfin catfish is quite rare in the stores.

It is hard to tell the differences between sexes, but comparison of the genital papilla in mature fish will show the differences. In males this is a small yet thick stump which noticeably protrudes from the fish's underside, while in females it is less obvious and is recessed or lies flat with the body. There are no reports of its successful aquarium breeding. In nature male will usually dig 1 meter long burrows into soft clay or mud river banks, where the female will deposit the eggs. The male guards the eggs until they hatch. Several spawns can occur each year and have up to 7000 eggs in each one.


Read more: http://diszhal.info/english/catfishes/en_Pterygoplichthys_multiradiatus.php#ixzz3CwEXLCT L

talldutchie
09-10-2014, 06:55 PM
Yep..

2 things with that. First of, sizes of fish like these are often given in standard length which is snout to the tail root. Secondly, I would not at all be surprised if these turn out to have a lifespan significantly bigger than this source quotes.

Plecos
09-10-2014, 07:09 PM
He is loving his new cave I put in the tank. He backs into it and just lets his nose stick out. I think I will look into a new bigger tank. None around here so I will have to drive to the city. I just have to get over this kidney thing first!

Plecos
09-12-2014, 03:53 AM
Just a picture of his chubby belly and big mouth!http://photos.imageevent.com/willy/carltoncomplexfire/large/DSCN0510.JPG