Identify Pleco?

accphotography

Hello,

I picked up a teeny little pleco at a LFS and I'm curious if anyone can help me identify which variety it is? The LFS thought it was a bristlenose but they weren't sure at all and it's so tiny I don't recognize many /any identifying features. I've had it a bit now so it's grown some but it's still maybe an inch or less. Cute little fella and busy natured.

Also, is it normal for them to have a gold metallic underbelly?? His literally looks like gold foil. I also saw him blink his eyes and either his eyelids (or 3rd eyelids if fish even have those) also reflected gold metallic. I've never had a pleco this small so not sure what is normal.

Thank you! If there's a particular type of photo that would help I can take more.
 

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Yeoy

The markings/spots seem a touch brighter than I'd expect from a common bristlenose but not crazy. I think this will be a wait-and-see game until it's at least a few inches for a reliable ID.
 
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accphotography

He is pretty brightly colored. He has a light rim on his dorsal fin and tail too but not sure if that tells us much.
 

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Tankseeker

Could be a sailfin ,you just have to wait to maturity to definitively tell the species
 
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chromedome52

It's a young Bristlenose. No doubt about it. Little more brightly marked than usual, but not so much as to be questionable for ID.
 
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Tankseeker

I don’t agree with .first off your pleco lacks the obvious bristles plus bristle nose plecos are usually not brightly coloured
 
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TClare

I don’t agree with .first off your pleco lacks the obvious bristles plus bristle nose plecos are usually not brightly coloured
It wouldn’t get bristles until its quite a bit bigger anyway. Looks like a bristlenose, it has that white tip on the caudal fin, I am not sure if that is unique to bristlenose plecos but they all seem to have it.
 
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Tankseeker

Gold finger plecos have the tip too also I have seen juvenile bristlenose with bristles
 
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altermac

This could be anything. Pleco fry changes colors and pattern after 3-6 months. This one could be a few days or weeks old. My clownpleco fry was striped. Are bristlenose fry dotted?
 
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Tankseeker

No they were quite plain to be honest
I bred them once
 
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accphotography

He's literally only about 1.25" long so far too young to be developing bristles. I agree the "white seam" seems to strongly indicate bristlenose. I think he looks more brightly marked than we might be used to because he's a black with white spots instead of a brown with white spots as many bristlenose are. Once I set him loose in my 55g he brightened up even more.
I've had him at least a month so he's probably at least 2-3 months.
 

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