View Full Version : Confirm ID please

07-11-2010, 08:57 AM
Hi Everyone

I'm very new to these forums and until recently trusted everything my LFS told me. DOH!! (blush)

Anyway, I bought this pleco for my daughters fish tank (small 28 litres) and was told that this would be fine.

After joining up to AC I'm very concerned that they've sold me a spotted pleco which can grow up to 12 inches.




And with her bronze cory...

It's currently approx 1 1/4 inches long. Which is probably 50% bigger than when we got it about 2 months ago. She loves this fish and will be upset when I have to move it to my 4ft tank.

It's currently in there with the cory, neons and 3 mollies.

07-11-2010, 01:02 PM
I'm not an expert but I'm pretty sure that's a bristlenose pleco. It looks like you can even see some little bristles in the second picture. 28L is pretty small for a pleco of any size, but if I'm right and that's a BN, you've got one of the smallest ones.

07-11-2010, 02:09 PM
He dose look a lot like a BN pleco. His/Her spots and fins look a little different that my BN Plecos so I'm not too sure. It just could be the pic making it look a little different. You could go back to the store you got him/her from and ask for the L#, or you could checkout the below link. I found it very help.


07-11-2010, 06:07 PM
It's a young male bristlenose, not likely to grow more than 4-5", and that will take some time. In the 2nd pic you can just barely see the beginnings of the bristles around his lip.

07-12-2010, 09:21 AM
Thanks for that!

I'll move it over to my bigger tank shortly. Mummy will be happy but my daughter won't be...oh well...hehehe!!

He's actually a very shy little fella. Prefers to hide in his cave whenever someone walks up to the tank, but as soon as they walk away he comes out exploring again.

I'll have to pick up a decent cave/hidey hole for him before I move him into my tank. I think my fake logs and small pieces of driftwood won't be enough.

Thanks again for your help!