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EmmanuelJB
01-21-2010, 11:21 PM
Well alot of articles I read about plecos say that you usaully won't see your pleco out because they are nocternal... Well I notice that my plecos are out alot in the day time and I see them alot. Do you see your plecos alot or did I just lucky to of gotton a few that are out alot?

Heres a pic I just took of one of my BN plecos and I liked it so I thought I would share it:


http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss300/EmmanuelJB/60%20Gallon%20Aquarium/IMG_2503.jpg

smaug
01-21-2010, 11:24 PM
When you have a normally shy fish that willingly shows itself often,that is a good sign that your tank decor suits him well.When shy fish feel safe they will be out and about more often because they have the security of good hiding spots.Nice pic.

Crispy
01-21-2010, 11:26 PM
My plecos hide for the most part, but do sometimes come out during the day. At night, with the moonlights on, they are everywhere.

My 15" common can't really hide, so I can see him all the time.

EmmanuelJB
01-21-2010, 11:33 PM
When you have a normally shy fish that willingly shows itself often,that is a good sign that your tank decor suits him well.When shy fish feel safe they will be out and about more often because they have the security of good hiding spots.Nice pic.
Well I do have tons of hiding spots pluss alot of driftwood.

R2 Ranch
01-21-2010, 11:40 PM
You have the correct tank set up with all the hidey holes (if you may). I have a huge amount of them and I see them all at various times of the day.

MCHRKiller
01-21-2010, 11:53 PM
It also depends on the pleco species, some are naturally more active during the day than others. My L330 is always visible but hes usually sucked up on the back glass during the day and very active at night with the moons on. My L010As are pretty active in the day but they camo so well its hard to see them.

EmmanuelJB
01-21-2010, 11:55 PM
I have a rubber pleco and 2 bristle nose pleco's.

MCHRKiller
01-22-2010, 12:02 AM
Both of those species are generally pretty active during the day, wheras alot of the fancier L#s are often pretty shy.

Northernguy
01-22-2010, 12:04 AM
I have male bn and I have only seen him 3-4 times in the last year and a bit.
He never comes out.Hopefully with a female he will.
My common and hi fin are out all the time.

EmmanuelJB
01-22-2010, 12:09 AM
Since Northernguy Brought up gender does my BN look like a female? I thought it was a female because it has very short bristles. What do you think?

MCHRKiller
01-22-2010, 12:12 AM
From the short bristles and there not being really a ton of them....I would say yes it is female :22:

annageckos
01-22-2010, 12:13 AM
Your bristle nose looks like a male. My female bn is out all the time, my male is a lot more shy and hides most the time. My rubberlip plecos are out more, my clown I almost never see. Species plays a big roll on when they are out as does decor and other fish.

Crispy
01-22-2010, 12:15 AM
Also, the smaller the pleco, the more it will hide. Usually when they hit 8+", they're out all the time. Most plecos feel safe when they're hiding, especially little ones. This is one reason I invested in moonlights. It's so cool to only see my plecos and catfish all over the tank at nighttime.

EmmanuelJB
01-22-2010, 12:21 AM
Your bristle nose looks like a male. My female bn is out all the time, my male is a lot more shy and hides most the time. My rubberlip plecos are out more, my clown I almost never see. Species plays a big roll on when they are out as does decor and other fish.

Why do you think it looks like a male?

annageckos
01-22-2010, 12:22 AM
I should also say, about your bn being a male or female, how it looks now will depend on age. I will show you some pics of my male and females. They are both younger and the males' bristles are longer now then in the pic.

Male, his bristles are longer now
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/507/medium/005.JPG

This is a female
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/507/medium/017.JPG

This is also a female
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/507/medium/058.JPG

EmmanuelJB
01-22-2010, 12:24 AM
Thanks for the pics.... I was hoping mine were females because I don't want mine BN's to form big bristles.

frank_zappa
01-22-2010, 01:17 AM
my albino bn is out very often, but he also likes his privacy. if i drop a wafer in he is out within one minute. my L387, however, is a very rare sight while the lights are on, although he is out all the time at night. it does seem to come out a little more often now than when it was younger. still, i havent managed a decent photo of it yet. when the lights are on i am lucky if i see this much...

kathymac
01-22-2010, 02:32 AM
That sure is a nice looking pleco.//

Dibs
01-22-2010, 03:11 AM
I got a rubberlip a couple days ago, and so far he hasnt hid at all. i got plenty of hiding places, seems he prefers to get close and check me out. Hes more curious about me than i am of him.

Northernguy
01-22-2010, 03:19 AM
Awesome bn pics!thumbs2:

bob saget
01-22-2010, 04:50 AM
couple pics of my guy. edited brightness/contrast to see his markings better :)

http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/2230/1002870.th.jpg (http://img715.imageshack.us/i/1002870.jpg/)

http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/2463/1002869.th.jpg (http://img685.imageshack.us/i/1002869.jpg/)



EDIT: he is almost strictly a night owl, which means its going to be hard for me to capture a pic of him with his huge dorsal fin fully out. he sometimes whips around the tank during the daytime at tremendous speed, crashing into everything :D

toddnbecka
01-22-2010, 04:22 PM
Ancistrus are pretty easy to spot, Hypancistrus and Peckoltia are more likely to stay hidden through the day IME. My Panaques are somewhere in the middle, usually active during the day but tend to dive for cover if they see me coming.

Scrup
01-22-2010, 05:46 PM
One of my commons is always hiding, but the larger one (almost a foot) could care less, as long as he gets his food. Of course he is the one that is always swimming INTO the net when I am trying to grab other fish.

gadget228
01-23-2010, 03:03 PM
My tank has a black background and mine disappears all the time... :ssmile:

bob saget
01-23-2010, 11:30 PM
couple more pics of my guy. i know the tank is dirty, its just before i cleaned it.

http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/3564/1002872.th.jpg (http://img705.imageshack.us/i/1002872.jpg/)

http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/1869/1002871.th.jpg (http://img705.imageshack.us/i/1002871.jpg/)

MCHRKiller
01-23-2010, 11:50 PM
Perhaps numbers make a difference as well, I just got 4 juvie BNs from Toddnbecka(Thanks BTW!) and since their addition yesterday my 5 L010As have been more active. Each species can now be clearly and easily spotted in the tank at all hours of the day.

BTW that is one nice Plec, Bob!

bob saget
01-24-2010, 12:02 AM
Thanks :19:

toddnbecka
01-24-2010, 03:25 AM
Good looking rhino plec, much better choice than the commons that grow too large for most tanks. They're good algae eaters, and will clean up any leftover food from other fish as well.