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  1. #1

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    This little guy was brought to me at work last night, along with a lone tiger barb. So far ID suggestions are pterygoplichthys gibbiceps, which will get too big for me in the long run, so once he is happy and healthy he will be free to anyone who wants to come and get him/her. The previous owner was my friends son who wasn't taking care of the tank, and the parents aren't up to the challenge, so I was asked to save them, which I of course did! :)
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    He/she is 3.5 inches long from tip to tip. The lone tiger barb is also welcome to join anyone who has a group that would like a new friend, otherwise I can foresee a barb community tank arising in the future!
    These pics were taken July 4th when BB came home with me
    Last edited by kimmers318; 01-14-2007 at 11:25 AM.

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    Yes. That looks like a skinny pterygoplichthys gibbiceps. It needs to get some meat on its bone ;-)

    They are very nice plecos, especially when they show their fins. But they do as you say grow very large and can be a bit aggressive.

    IF i lived near you i would take it in a heartbeat.

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    Yes, he is a little skinny, and looks a little ragged too, probably from living in poor conditions all of his life. All she fed him was the flake. He will spend some time getting spoiled here before I rehome him. Also, noticed last night when I got home his color is completely different now, hoping that means he is getting settled in nicely, not stressing more. He was cleaning the glass while the lights were still on. I will get more pics when I have more time in the next couple of days....today Dad has 2 appts and I have to work early!

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    Good to hear tht he settles in. looking forward to the new pics.

    pterygoplichthys gibbiceps is usally active all day long.

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    The honeycomb patternig suggests he is indeed L083. Please offer him raw veges with zuccini & cucumber being favorites. Also protein rich meaty foods as well as prepared foods such as shrimp & spirulina wafers or pellets will be appreciated.
    Also frovide him with refuge in the form of hollow logs &/or rock caves.
    Glyptoperichtys Gibbiceps has replaced the former name. If he is in 55g or up he will be happy there for some years. Fairly slow growing sp.
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    It was mine to give away...

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    Well, I talked to the previous owner again last night and made her rethink and try to remember how long she has had this guy.....remembering birthdays and such to get a closer idea to how long she has had him, and it is closer to a year, if not just over. She does know that when she purchased him, she pointed out the exact tank she had (which from the sounds of it is a 20-30 gal, no measurements, just descriptions) and told the staff she did not want a plec that would get too big, and this is what they sold her. I told her you can't always trust the staff at chain stores, but she said he hasn't grown noticeably in the year she had him.
    The honeycomb pattern is still visible, but the coloring has gotten much blacker behind the spots , must have been major stress for this poor guy. I have managed to get just a couple of shots this morning because I am covering for 3 girls at work who are out of town, and my father is undergoing radiation and dialysis and is not allowed to drive, so I am VERY busy right now running constantly. I have provided him with hidey holes, and currently have algae wafers, shrimp pellets, spirulina flake and little pellets. Frozen bloodworms occassionally make it to the other tanks after I feed the dwarfpuffers, fresh vegs come when I grocery shop! I guess only time will tell with his/her growth. Once he has gotten healthy he can reside in my 64 until I need to get him another home, or until I find the right home, whichever comes first. Either way, it is still better than what he was living in in the past!
    Here are this mornings pics to compare to Tuesday night.


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    Kimmer..i hope that pleco is doing good. . .my pleco has changed dramatically as well..his patterns are much more vivid and his belly is much lighter , his fins are much darker also hes gained some weight....guess hes doing all right!

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    I am so disappointed. All I get is the dreaded X instead of the pictures.

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    I get the same thing hobbs... I wanted to see how that guy looked too considering I live only an hour or so from kimmers, If i decided to get a bigger tank I could home him.
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    Sorry guys....the dreaded X is because I organized all of my photobucket pics into folders and it broke the links....I will go back and relink them for you after I post this and try to get a pic from today also.
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