Pleco ID

  1. ChaseAce

    ChaseAce Initiate Member

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    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

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

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    ChaseAce

    ChaseAce Initiate Member

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    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

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    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

    ChaseAce Initiate Member

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    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

    FallenOwl Well Known Member Member

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    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

    ChaseAce Initiate Member

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    Ok thanks for you help!
     
  9. TexasDomer

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    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

    ChaseAce Initiate Member

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    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

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

    hampalong Fishlore VIP Member

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    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. :)
     
  13. TexasDomer

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    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

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    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

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    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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    Ok thanks
     

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