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fissh
02-11-2019, 09:55 PM
I' m sorry I should have said your favorite pleco or plecos. 1st is a honey cone bn, the 2nd is a vampire, the 3rd is a plain old bn (Mr. Agley) Lets see yours. thumbs2:

discusluv
02-19-2019, 02:33 AM
Can you name the various varieties that you have? I am not too familiar with the species.
You have some really nice ones.

I have several varieties of plecos but I rarely see mine. I guess they are nocturnal or generally shy.
The one I do see a lot of is my Blue Phantom Pleco that is 8 inches. He cannot hide from me very well. Actually, he is very busy during the day and is not shy.

This is a picture from a few months ago:
https://i.imgur.com/J6t7SBX.jpg

I have 2 L270's:
I never see them unless I move some wood aside. I donty think IO even have a picture of them.
Here is what they look like, but mine are still juveniles:

https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=AwrVrFcVaGtc7DgAR1APxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTBy NWU4cGh1BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--?p=l270+pleco&fr=yhs-iba-1&hspart=iba&hsimp=yhs-1#id=0&iurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.smithsaquarium.com.au%2Fcont ent%2Fimages%2Ffish%2FHypancistrus-sp-L270-01.jpg&action=click


I have this very small pleco in my 180g ( L201) that I rarely see that is so beautiful that it makes me mad that I put it in the big tank where it can always hide.
I do see it ( just saw it yesterday) but it comes in and out of hiding places. Its maybe 2 inches long.

It looks like this:
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Also, I have 3 Long fin- Calico ancistrus.
https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=AwrVrHDcamtcb28ATCsPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTBy NWU4cGh1BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--?p=long+finned+calico+ancistrus&fr=yhs-iba-1&hspart=iba&hsimp=yhs-1#id=1&iurl=https%3A%2F%2Faquascaper.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F02%2FThe-Best-Algae-Eating-Fish-Plecostomus-for-Aquariums-Longfinned-Bristlenose-Pleco2.jpg&action=click


This makes me realize that I really need to work on trying to get pictures of these guys.

fissh
02-19-2019, 05:01 AM
Wow, that phantom is really nice! Most of the pretty plecos hide all the time. I have 4 king tigers that I see once a month if I'm lucky. The only ones I see more often are the red and albino bn's.

SueD
02-19-2019, 05:04 PM
Hiding is the main issue I have with plecos. (large bio loads, too) Some of them are so beautiful (and I'm tempted often) but it's hard to appreciate them when you never see them. I've had the albino BNP and brown BNP and have bred them in the past. Having them breed is easy and fun, until you can't get rid of all the fry.

I have only one brown BNP now which was a fry I missed when I finally sold all my others. He spends all of his time in the middle of a massive anubias under different leaves. I only know he is even still there when the zucchini is decimated overnight.

discusluv
02-19-2019, 06:02 PM
I think the trick may be to get plecos that get larger. Above 6 inches. But then you have to have a tank of at least 55 gallons to put them in.

fissh
02-19-2019, 06:12 PM
Hiding is the main issue I have with plecos. (large bio loads, too) Some of them are so beautiful (and I'm tempted often) but it's hard to appreciate them when you never see them. I've had the albino BNP and brown BNP and have bred them in the past. Having them breed is easy and fun, until you can't get rid of all the fry.

I have only one brown BNP now which was a fry I missed when I finally sold all my others. He spends all of his time in the middle of a massive anubias under different leaves. I only know he is even still there when the zucchini is decimated overnight.

I mainly breed the long fins in super red German stains and the Czech strain that stays about 3.5 inches. I also breed albinos. I
find the browns almost impossible to even give away, even thro it's one of my favorites.

angelcraze2
02-20-2019, 07:21 PM
I don't have them anymore, but my tiger plecos L002. I had to rehome them :bcry: because they were sucking on the sides of my angelfish at night. They were so beautiful in my tank. They were not seen during the daylight hours either though. They slept in an artificial DW log, it was actually the way I ultimately got them out of the tank. I think they were breeding, or getting ready to and that's why I never saw them during the day, but I never saw eggs or fry.
Male L002
57267
57268

The male and female (I think) before I rehomed them in the travel container
57269

fissh
02-20-2019, 11:47 PM
The one thing that seems strange to me is plecos having the rep of huge bio loads. I have 12 breeder size LF reds in a 75 gallon ( only 1 male of course) and the tank really does not require any extra maintenance compared to my other tanks. The picture I'm posting is of a 39 gallon, that I never had a problem, I only changed half the water every 3 days.

angelcraze2
02-22-2019, 10:11 PM
The only thing I notice is more nitrates in the pleco growout tank, so I have to change out water often. In my dirted tanks, plecos don't make a hiccup. If the biological system is in tact, it's only the typical nitrification biproduct to deal with. In my dirted 90g with 3 adult plecos and some babies, the nitrates are processed anyway.

angelcraze2
06-06-2019, 06:24 PM
My newest favorite pleco

https://youtu.be/SCSFceK-0VE

My albino BN dude in my 120g

toddnbecka
06-06-2019, 08:10 PM
I bred hundreds of the German super reds, got 6 from Germany before they were available in the US, and actually made a good bit of money from those. Finally got rid of them all a few years ago, just have the 220 running now, and switched my main focus from fish to snakes. Over the years I also bred a few thousand brown and albino as well. Actually had my own strain of super reds that turned up among some of my brown and albino stock, only 2-3 of those among each large litter of brown and albino offspring. I also bred the L10a red lizard whiptails, but found the fry impossible to keep alive long enough to raise them. Had a few L333's and a couple other species of Hypancistrus that bred and grew out, though never in any numbers. Currently there are a few huge Ancistrus of indeterminate origin in the 220. Got them from another breeder years ago, the males grow to about twice size of a large common brown. Apparently they also breed with the common brown and albino strain, because I have a few younger ones that survived in the tank. I tossed a couple normal brown females in there some years ago when I took down other tanks.