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Danifins
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. ^^

http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp330/GiacomoDaVinci/IMG_0432.jpg

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

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

pic here:

http://www.aquariumfish.net/images_01/pleco_white_spot_100812a2_w0480.jpg

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

ScottishFish
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!

Northerly
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.

ScottishFish
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

Danifins
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!

ScottishFish
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

wijnands
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.

ScottishFish
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.

wijnands
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