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05-23-2011, 05:05 PM
Hey all :)

I' m new to this forum but been keeping fish for 20 odd years. Loving your forum so far.

I have a question that has been bothering me for quite some time. I have 3 "Hypancistrus" 1 of which 1'm pretty sure is an L102, the others I'm not so sure. I thought that my other 2 were Hypancistrus instector. Perhaps you guys could help me with their I.D please. Thanks in advance.

Ok here goes, I thought that this was a true Snowball (L102) -


While these two were Hypancistrus instector -



Here's a top side view of the last one -


Would love to here your opinions, thanks.

05-23-2011, 05:18 PM
Very pretty fish!

If nobody here can give you an answer, you should check out planetcatfish.com. They have a forum section specifically for identifying species, and they've got some experts that have a really good grasp of the tiny differences between them.

05-23-2011, 06:22 PM
Thanks, appreciate that, been to those guys a while back, yip agreed, there's a lot of knowledge there, but they can't say for definate what these guys are. What they can say for sure is that they are not all the same species.

Bye the way Brhino, I see that you have assassin snails, I have a few too, they feed mainly on my Malaysian trumpet snails, mine have only bred a few times. How successful are you at breeding them?

05-23-2011, 06:27 PM
I too would suggest planetcatfish.com because as Brhino said, there are tiny differences. This picture is an Adonis pleco, they're about $20 at LFS's, I got two because they're so amazing and they get well over a foot!


05-23-2011, 07:18 PM
Bye the way Brhino, I see that you have assassin snails, I have a few too, they feed mainly on my Malaysian trumpet snails, mine have only bred a few times. How successful are you at breeding them?

Well, it's hard to say really because they're hidden so often. Here's what I do know:

I got 2 assassins in August 2010 and 1 more in September for a 29g planted tank. I would have gotten more but that's all my LFS had. February 2011 was the first time I saw a new baby assassin snail. About a week and a half later, I completely broke down the tank and moved all fish, inverts, and plants to a new 75g setup. At that time I found a total of 4 small assassin snails plus the 3 adults. So, it seems I had gained about 1 per month. February was the last time I could do that. I have no idea how many I might have at this point, but I've only ever found 1 empty assassin snail shell, so I can only assume the others are still alive and breeding.

05-23-2011, 07:36 PM
peppermint pleco maybe?

05-23-2011, 08:02 PM
Yeah smokey, the Adonis is a very pretty fish, nice specimen you got there, had quite a few plecs in my time but have to admit that he is on my "to do" list. Is that a Peckoltia lying behind him in the pic? The peppermint is a lovely looking fish, think it looks more like an an Ancistrus than a Hypancistrus though, what do you think? I'll take another trip over to planetcatfish and ask around. The assassins Brhino? I started off with 5 just less than a year ago, I've seen a few babies around, maybe 7 or 8, so that ties in with what your saying. Its kinda hard to spot mine, the tank their in is very heavily planted, could be a few more maybe.

05-23-2011, 10:17 PM
Thats a candy stripe or clown pleco behind the adonis. I have two adonis (the picture being the smallest one) and five candy stripes.

05-25-2011, 09:47 AM
Ah their candy stripes, what kinda price are they, if you dont mind me asking? Do your 2 Adonis get on well together?