View Full Version : Pleco ID?

12-15-2009, 12:09 AM
Anyone know what kind of pleco this is?
I have more pics in the gallery and on my computer too if needed.

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/507/thumbs/104.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=15348)http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/507/thumbs/102.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=15346)http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/507/thumbs/098.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=15344)http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/507/thumbs/079.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=15342)

12-15-2009, 12:59 AM
Is this your fish?

How big is it now?

12-15-2009, 01:26 AM
Nice looking pleco!

12-15-2009, 02:07 AM
Thanks. It doesn't look like that pleco. I should've put the size. It's about
1 1/2" maybe 2 inches max. It has very defined round spots and on it's tail fin tips it has white. It was in a tank with common plecos. Compared to them it's tail is shorter(not tail fin, but overall lenth of tail). When I put my pics in the gallery I saw a pic of a bristlenose pleco that had the same color and white tips that mine does. When I told the LFS employee that I wanted "that one, it's not a common" he almost through a fit and tryed to convinse me that it was a "basicaly the same thing"

12-15-2009, 03:05 AM
Ok, so I went over to planetcatfish and staired at little brown spotted fish till my eyes crossed, I *think* it may be an Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus, a bristlenose. I payed 2.99 for it. If it is I am guessing it is a female because as you can see in the pics, no bristles. But I am not 100% sure if it is an Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus. The only thing I am not really sure on is if the nose's are the same. One my pleco, the mouth is underneth the fish's head, on some of the pics it looks like some of the other fish's mouths are slitly infront of the fish's heads. Aw well, guess I will keep looking around and asking.

12-15-2009, 04:27 AM
Looks like an Ancistrus cirrhosus, likely female. I have several of them and they're great little fish. Mine are a bit more colorful (more brown and yellow), but the markings and mouth are the same.

12-15-2009, 05:07 AM
I'd say it's a common BN pleco as well. If you picked it out of a tankful of commons, good job. Better fish all around for most aquariums, won't outgrow anything larger than a 10 gallon, and will eat algae all its life.

12-15-2009, 05:19 AM
I am pretty sure that is a bristlenose as well. Total cutie!!! I love plecos!!!

12-15-2009, 05:29 AM
I have a male bn but its two or three shades brown and so are the spots! I would love to get a black one.Mine looks so different.

12-15-2009, 10:58 AM
Female bristlenose agreed! They are great little fish! My one I had looked just like yours (I lost mine during summer last year when we had a week of over 40C, couldn't keep the tank cool)

12-15-2009, 02:17 PM
Great thanks everyone. I have a albino pair of bristlenose's already, so I am very happy about that. There where two in the tank like this. This female has been all over the tank eating since I have gotten her, her belly needs to fill out. In my tank she should be fat in no time!!

12-16-2009, 04:28 AM
It may be an L001.


Could also be a BN though...I am no pleco expert.

"Pterygoplichthys can be identified by the number of rays in the dorsal fin. More than 10 indicates that it's a Pterygoplichthys."

not sure how many BN's have...and I can't quite count them in the pics...

12-16-2009, 04:36 AM
It does look similar, but mine's head look flater and the colors are not as vivid. The pattern is different too, the fins seem different, the dorsel on mine, looks smaller. In the photos of the L001 the pattern on the fins is very prounced spots/blotches. The fins on mine the pattern is less defined, kind of fades out.