View Full Version : barbels just for cats or can a plec have them???

12-04-2008, 11:01 AM
Just wondering I have a nice 5 inch one maybe it is 6 by now. HIdes all the time. But I do not know what it is. It was bought as a pleco. Then it began to well grow...and it has huge barbells. To me it has a wider body than the pleco. It could be type of catfish. Muddish brown really. But its head is not flat like some catfishes. He or she remains a mystery. What a shock I had when I cleaned that tank.

12-04-2008, 11:20 AM
some pictures would help,but it does sound like a catfish

12-04-2008, 11:25 AM
angelcakes ..oh someone is here on the forum. That catfish... well it has to be one. i went to get all these baby kribs out of a 125 and there was this big thing! oh and it goes underneath the driftwood and i never see it. When it was young it stayed in its brick. I should set up a spy cam ha and then see what goes in that tank in the wee hours. There is no way is there a plec can have barbels?

12-04-2008, 12:13 PM
plecos do have very small barbels but these are round the sucker mouth, work with me on this one and have a look at this link, does your catfish look like any that are there?


12-04-2008, 12:44 PM
Could also possibly be some kind of loach - if it isn't some kind of catfish.

12-04-2008, 01:25 PM
Among the fish that are called "pleco" there's a pretty wide variety of body shapes and colors, so if you're doesn't look exactly like some of the pics you've seen doesn't mean it's not a pleco.

Plecos do have barbels and I beleive I've see a few pics of some with long barbels. Also, from what you've described ot it's behaviour ... is sure sounds like a pleco.

Of course, we'd need an image to be certain, but for the moment, sound like a pleco to me.

Wild Turkey
12-04-2008, 01:28 PM
Its Mekong Catfish. JK JK lol Sorry i couldnt resist.
Behavior does say pleco IMO, though ive never seen noticeable barbels like a catfish would have on any..

12-04-2008, 02:27 PM
It doesn't look like this does it?

12-04-2008, 05:55 PM
Northern guy my you are active today... i just got on and now i have cold hands it is freezing here. But the coffee will warm me up with all these buddies on lline. NOpe that is not the pleco/catfishy thing. Nope its body really does look like a pleco. oh yes. thorny. but head is not flat. I just hope this thing is not a monster. Am i going to see it bulging from the substart soon and give myself a fright. Maybe it was not the discus jumping in the night but that creature. Just think i had no idea this thing was in the tank... i thought it had died. IT loooked like a black thing with spots when it was younger and it just fit in the tiny brick and then one day i did not see it at all.

Wild Turkey
12-04-2008, 06:00 PM
Hmmm...sounds like a freakin channel cat ! LOL

Just to make sure, it doesnt look like this right
the heads look rounder than the pic usually, around here anyway

12-04-2008, 06:43 PM
Hmmm...sounds like a freakin channel cat ! LOL

Just to make sure, it doesnt look like this right
the heads look rounder than the pic usually, around here anyway
LOL They don't get that BIG!:19:

Lorenzo you gotta start posting more pics,especially of your catleco!:19:
You really should find out what is in your tank before you bust a seam.lol
Also I am on almost 20 hrs day! Its Winter and I don't sleep much.It seems all I do is shovel freakin snow everyday!

Wild Turkey
12-04-2008, 06:46 PM

The channel cats around here only get a foot or two like plecos, they can get a lot bigger though. That would stink so bad if you got sold a regular old "super time!" catfish as a pleco..

Id eat it for dinner and put the guts under the guys driver's seat.:laugh1blue:
MMMM revenge.

12-04-2008, 07:28 PM
Nasty! LOL I like it!

12-04-2008, 09:23 PM
:help: :help: :help: :help: now now this is not the time to frighten me. j. if i thought that was in the tank i would have an anxiety attack. No i tell you it looks like a plec with barbels coming right out like a cats. ohhhhh i have a mutant..... i tried to lift the driftwood but well i don't want to disturb the substrate. IT has been in there now for a good while so if it was that cat you showed me ...it's not that!!!! A mutant. here is a clown of mine.11783 there is a yo yo beneath it that you can't see.

12-04-2008, 09:38 PM
That is a clown loach! Here you will find this interesting,note the size!http://www.loaches.com/species-index/clown-loach-chromobotia-macracanthus
How big is yours now?

12-04-2008, 09:44 PM
Follow this handy link and go through ones it resembles. http://www.loaches.com/species-index/pictorial-species-search-index/pictorial-species-index-body-shape-pictures

If none then we can rule out loaches.

12-04-2008, 10:13 PM
:fish: :fish: it is looking like a spotted medusa pleco now i am going to take a look at what you just sent me. How big does a spotted medusa pleco get ? But this plec i have or cat has those feelers...

12-04-2008, 10:22 PM
This one maybe!

12-04-2008, 11:44 PM
:goldfish: :fish: :goldfish: I can't get into that page.... oh well. but it does look enough like and ancistrus.But long feelers. The shape is like one of those bristlenoses little whiskers sucker mouth loves the driftwood never comes out... not a cat nope... a pleco..an anscistrus maybe not a loriicaride i can't spell but anyways a mystery. I have a witness to those feelers. I just wish i had taken a pic of that fish when i had to get it out of the tank. i will never see it now.