View Full Version : pleco ID

11-26-2009, 02:49 AM
This guy was sold as a bristle nose but dose not look like one looks more like a clown to me please advise http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/thumbs/HPIM0732.jpg (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=15171)

11-26-2009, 03:03 AM
Hes a clown. Take him back if you dont want him

11-26-2009, 03:06 AM
i concur. clown pleco.

11-26-2009, 03:41 AM
Looks a lot like a Panaque maccus but the angle of the picture makes a positive ID impossible.

Have a look at it's mouth. If it looks like the following link, it is definitly a Panaque maccus (aka Clown Pleco)


11-27-2009, 02:57 AM
It does look like a clown, But when the bristle nose cat fish he changes color similar to that.

11-27-2009, 03:05 AM
That is almost certainly a clown.Mine looks just like that.

11-27-2009, 03:08 AM
Tetra, there are 133 species in the Ancistrus genus, and there are members of that genus that have a close color pattern to the pictured fish. ;) Coloration is not a reliable way to ID a member of the Loricariid family. A look at the mouth is going to be the fastest way to ID this fish, and likely about the only way you are going to get an accurate online ID.

11-27-2009, 03:32 AM
I was just suggesting that it might /might not be. My bristle nose does it every time i do water large water changes. I hate to see how hes gona act when i try to move him to a bigger tank.

11-29-2009, 07:02 PM
I was thinking clown as well.

11-30-2009, 03:35 AM
Knee jerk reaction is a clown pleco, I certainly don't think he is an Ancistrus species.

12-01-2009, 04:25 AM
it is 100% Panaque maccus, clown plec