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Zodiac007
05-16-2009, 10:43 PM
Someone is selling Silver Tipped Plecos online, but they don't have any pics. Does anyone know if they also grow to a max of 6", and how do they look like? I've searched google, and surprisingly, there's nothing on them, like they don't exist.

thank you

Dave66
05-16-2009, 11:05 PM
Probably Ancistrus dolichopterus, which has white edging on the edge of the dorsal fin and top of the tail. The edges are bright white, and I suppose for marketing the guy calls them silver. You should contact them for the species name.

Oh, that Ancistrus species tops out at barely four inches.

Dave

Wild Turkey
05-17-2009, 12:12 AM
Probably Ancistrus dolichopterus, which has white edging on the edge of the dorsal fin and top of the tail. The edges are bright white, and I suppose for marketing the guy calls them silver. You should contact them for the species name.

Oh, that Ancistrus species tops out at barely four inches.

Dave

Agreed! Beautiful fish, but I rarely see it, lots of caves and whatnot in the tank.

In my area they are about 7$ for comparison, just incase the guy wants $100 for a "rare" one lol

Northernguy
05-17-2009, 12:38 AM
Sounds nice!
Post some pics if you get one!:19:

DrNic
05-17-2009, 12:41 AM
I've heard that they are rare and have never actually seen one in person.

toddnbecka
05-17-2009, 03:56 AM
Agreed! Beautiful fish, but I rarely see it, lots of caves and whatnot in the tank.

In my area they are about 7$ for comparison, just incase the guy wants $100 for a "rare" one lol
Are you sure it's the same fish (L183) selling for $7 each? I saw some juvies listed recently for $32 each, and they sold out.

kaimarkhirst
05-17-2009, 07:38 AM
ive got one of these!!!!!

Ill try and get some piccies for you gus at some point today....

Great to keep, they love bog or driftwood, and good cover.

Paw Broon
05-17-2009, 01:40 PM
yeah that's what mine is too, i just thought is was a normal bristlenose

Red
05-17-2009, 01:43 PM
I have got 6 of them, and got them for about 4 bucks each...

Paw Broon
05-17-2009, 01:59 PM
here's a pic, hard to see the tips against the white sand, he's about 3 inches head to tail.

Northernguy
05-17-2009, 02:20 PM
Very nice pleco!thumbs2:
Great markings! Is that a though?
Sorry it could be a female,I don't see any sign of bristles!

Paw Broon
05-17-2009, 03:09 PM
yeah sorry i meant she, there's no bristles at all so gotta be a female unless it's some other kind of pleco but the lfs said it was

toddnbecka
05-17-2009, 05:05 PM
here's a pic, hard to see the tips against the white sand, he's about 3 inches head to tail.
That's a common BN, not a L183. This is what I thought "silver tipped" meant:
http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/image.php?species=ancistrus+dolichopterus&image_id=5867

Northernguy
05-17-2009, 05:09 PM
Thats a nice looking pleco!thumbs2:

Wild Turkey
05-17-2009, 05:14 PM
Are you sure it's the same fish (L183) selling for $7 each? I saw some juvies listed recently for $32 each, and they sold out.

Yup, its a Ancistrus dolichopterus with white tips on the fins. of course at the lfs its labeled "BN pleco" but yes it was $7. The albinos were $20

I can try to get a pic one day soon, not an easy task

toddnbecka
05-17-2009, 05:21 PM
Sweet deal for $7, must have been a mixup when they were shipped. I moved 116 BN fry into a 75 for growout last Friday, some are albino's. The bad thing is, there are still more (smaller, more recent spawns) than that remaining in the 30. I'll have to move the breeding pair of cichlids back into the tank to clean them out.

Zodiac007
05-21-2009, 12:06 AM
I bought 3 today. They are very small, only about 1 inch. I got them for $4 each. I was going to buy 2, but he said I could get an extra one thats small for free. so I have 3 for the price of 2.

They are cute and beautiful. Though they are hiding still, i don't get to see them much.

Here are the pictures that the guy sent me. I don't have a digital camera so I cant take any pics. But these are the exact ones. The last pic shows the father. He said they are Silver Tip Bristlenose plecos.

I don't have any algae wafers yet. Does anyone know if its ok if i only feed them algae( thats in the tank ) and zuchinni, cumumbers, lettuce and not algae wafers?

Thank you.

Zodiac007
05-21-2009, 12:29 AM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/38429356@N07/3549525553/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/38429356@N07/3549527621/

troy
05-21-2009, 12:59 AM
I bought 3 today. They are very small, only about 1 inch. I got them for $4 each. I was going to buy 2, but he said I could get an extra one thats small for free. so I have 3 for the price of 2.

They are cute and beautiful. Though they are hiding still, i don't get to see them much.

Here are the pictures that the guy sent me. I don't have a digital camera so I cant take any pics. But these are the exact ones. The last pic shows the father. He said they are Silver Tip Bristlenose plecos.

I don't have any algae wafers yet. Does anyone know if its ok if i only feed them algae( thats in the tank ) and zuchinni, cumumbers, lettuce and not algae wafers?

Thank you.
Those are better than algae wafers actually.

toddnbecka
05-21-2009, 04:55 AM
Interesting looking male, though the juvie looks like a common BN. Fresh veggies or canned green beans are fine. NLS is also great, you can buy it online if it isn't available locally. If you happen to end up with a pair they'll likely be spawning size by early next year.

Zodiac007
05-21-2009, 05:06 AM
Interesting looking male, though the juvie looks like a common BN. Fresh veggies or canned green beans are fine. NLS is also great, you can buy it online if it isn't available locally. If you happen to end up with a pair they'll likely be spawning size by early next year.


how does the young one look like a common pleco? The one in the pic has a white line on the edges of its fins. Which is probably why the guy said they are Silver Tipped Plecos. If you look closely at the dad, you can still see a bit of the while seam left. common plecos dont have those white edges.

toddnbecka
05-21-2009, 05:19 AM
Not a common pleco (tankbusting monster), a common BN. The juvies have white tips on their tails, but they get smaller as they grow.
Here's a couple pics of some of my common BN fry:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/toddnbecka/P1020755.jpg
This one is actually less than 1" long:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/toddnbecka/P1020771.jpg

Zodiac007
05-21-2009, 05:24 AM
oh ok. Sorry. I thought you said common pleco. Well it doesn't really matter if its a common bn pleco because I wanted to buy a BN pleco anyways. And special one would be cool, but its ok.

Thank you.

toddnbecka
05-21-2009, 05:36 AM
Odd BN's are cool, but the common BN's are easier to get along with in general. They've been bred in aquariums so long they're basically domesticated like guppies or bettas. They're also great for keeping the glass clean; common BN's are tough to beat for algae control.