View Full Version : ID of baby pleco from LFS?

05-13-2012, 07:51 AM
Saw this little guy in my LFS the other day. There was no label on the tank and I'm not very good with plecos, so I was curious if you guys could ID him for me?

I'm assuming he's probably not one of the smaller plecs, but I thought I'd ask. ^^


Sorry for the reflection, its hard to get a good pic in the store.

05-14-2012, 05:37 PM
looks like a white spotted sailfin pleco to me

pic here:


05-14-2012, 05:37 PM
Most likely http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/image.php?species=ancistrus+cf_cirrhosus&image_id=563

05-14-2012, 05:56 PM
He is my BABY :11: I have one of those, it comes under L001, L022. Check my profile for scientific and common names. They grow quick!

05-14-2012, 06:15 PM
yep was just about to repost with the L-numbers. thanks scottishfish:p how big do they get? i like them.

05-14-2012, 06:20 PM
It is either 11 or 14 inches. Mines is around 3-4 the now, unless it slows down on the growing it is getting rehomed :hmm3grin2orange: I know some plecos, like royals, take years and years, someone actually said around 10 to reach full size so if that was the case I would have transferd him into my own 100gal before he got too big. But seeing as that 100gal is 5 years away he will get rehomed when he reaches 8 inches.

They are proper eating machines, it loves meaty foods like bloodworms, brineshrimp, daphnia, sinking shrimp pellets. Overnight mines can do serious damage to an inch thick round of zuccinni

05-14-2012, 07:15 PM
Thanks for the ID, guys! Definitely a baby and not a small plec then, haha. Wouldn't work for my tank but that is a really beautiful fish!

05-14-2012, 07:19 PM
They bigger they get the nicer they get. Their dorsal fins have like 14 rays so when they stick them up and swim around they can be pretty impressive thumbs2: have a look at an L262 I have one of them, maxes at 3inch. I will link you to my journal in a second as I was talking about it today:22:

Edit; http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=88665&page=21

there ya go

05-18-2012, 11:51 AM
That one has a lot of small dots on the body. The shot from the petshop shows a lot bigger spots. I think these are 2 distinctly different species.

05-18-2012, 11:56 AM
I posted a link to an alternative pleco that doesn't grow as huge. Danifins picture is definately an L022. That pic is a baby one, they change slightly as they age.

05-18-2012, 08:53 PM
Ah, ok, missed that.

I so wish I had the room for a pair of Ancistrus

Someday if I get the space for a second tank it will be a sandy south american with a pair of ancistrus as the eye catchers