Pleco ID

Discussion in 'Pleco - Plecostomus' started by ChaseAce, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. ChaseAce

    ChaseAceValued MemberMember

    My friend recently gave me this pleco but didn't know what species it is. If anyone could help me identify it that would great.
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  2. FallenOwl

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    I looks like a common pleco, what size tank do you have him in?
     
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    ChaseAce

    ChaseAceValued MemberMember

    It's in a 20 gallon quarantine tank right now but I have a 60 gallon tank that I'm planning on moving it to
     




  4. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

  5. FallenOwl

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    Keep in mind, this pleco (if that's what it is) can get over 18" and are massive waste producers
     
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    ChaseAce

    ChaseAceValued MemberMember

    I'm fairly sure the 60 gallon can keep up with it. It has a fluval 406 and a 10 gallon sump. Would that be good enough for filtration and water quantity?
     
  7. FallenOwl

    FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    Yes, just as long as you don't have any small fish or shrimp in there, as they might get accidentally eaten. ;)
     
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    ChaseAce

    ChaseAceValued MemberMember

    Ok thanks for you help!
     
  9. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    If it's a common (doesn't look like one to me, but I'm not good at pleco ID), it won't be okay in your 60 gal. It requires a much larger tank (150+ gallons).
     
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    ChaseAce

    ChaseAceValued MemberMember

    Now that I'm looking around at some pictures of the common pleco, I'm not too sure if that's what it is. The dorsal fin doesn't look the same. Anyone else have a clue of what it is or is it just an odd looking common?
     
  11. slayer5590

    slayer5590Well Known MemberMember

    Not a normal common but one of the older ones of the genus Hypostomus.
     
  12. hampalong

    hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    The original Common. It will probably grow well over a foot. Treat it just like a normal Common. It will outgrow a 60, and eventually need a 150+ as TexasDomer said. :)
     
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  13. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    So probably not appropriate for your 60 gal, even with a sump. Physical space, not bioload space, is the issue :(
     
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    ChaseAce

    ChaseAceValued MemberMember

    Ok I found the fish on planetcatfish now. It's Hypostomus punctatus. Looking around for info on it is showing that it grows to about 1 foot, is that accurate?
     
  15. hampalong

    hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    As PlanetCatfish says, it could be any number of Hypostomus species. You won't be able to get an accurate ID without knowing where it (or its ancestors) were caught.
     
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    ChaseAce

    ChaseAceValued MemberMember

    Ok thanks
     




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