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toddnbecka
03-27-2009, 08:46 PM
I found the perfect opportunity to move the single longfin BN out of the 30 with the breeding cichlids and shortfin BN's. He was hanging on a piece of driftwood on the top of the pile, first I've seen him in weeks. Aside from being the smallest male (first I've seen the bristles to be sure) his tail has been ragged since it started growing out, so I have been wanting to move him to another tank. Since pleco's are reluctant to move, I simply slipped a net under him as I lifted the driftwood out of the water. He came along w/out any disturbance to the rest of the tank. He's been moved into the 29 with the Tang spiney eels to finish the cleanup of the overgrown algae. It was started by 3 smaller BN's, but they've been moved out. Little guy looks like a butterfly from above when his fins are extended.
Clearest pic of him I could get, on a partially cleaned rock:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/toddnbecka/P1020604.jpg
Here's one with the female plagiostoma (BN is about 2.5"):
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/toddnbecka/P1020602.jpg

Lady Hobbs
03-27-2009, 09:14 PM
He's cool. Looks like he'll be busy for awhile. Do they get along OK with corys and ottos when they're older?

toddnbecka
03-27-2009, 09:39 PM
Only fish they usually have issues with are other male BN's if the tank is too small. They may get hammered by large or aggressive cichlids, but they're not troublesome in general.

Sharon
03-27-2009, 11:12 PM
Handsome fish! :ssmile: I've never seen one...

Dixie
03-28-2009, 02:30 PM
Great pics. That pleco does look like a moth in the first pic.

Northernguy
03-28-2009, 02:49 PM
That is a really cool looking pleco!thumbs2:
I would love to find those up here!:22:

cer
03-28-2009, 04:03 PM
Great looking fish!