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Can’t remember what type of pleco I got, but I remember that I checked and it was a 6inch or under one. Some help in IDing would be appreciated!
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Okay thank you! I wasn’t sure if it was because most pictures of clown plecos that I’ve seen don’t have the spots that mine has on it’s head and seem to have more of a full striped pattern, but the color scheme seems to be that of a clown lol.
 

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I won’t lie I’m not super experienced with plecos so I had to use google to check but from what I’ve seen that definitely looks to be a clown pleco :)
 

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Beautiful pleco. It's definitely not a clown pleco. Looks more like L387.
 

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Freshfishguy said:
Can’t remember what type of pleco I got, but I remember that I checked and it was a 6inch or under one. Some help in IDing would be appreciated!
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Oooo i love the color it has
 

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How large is the pleco ? That might also give a hint as to the type.
 

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Here's the problem. The name "Clown" Pleco has been applied to numerous species of Peckoltia and Panaqolus by commercial sources. It does not look like L387 specifically to me, but given the variability possible within species, it might be. It might also be something from a closely related genus, such as Panaqolus or Hypancistrus. Often the differences require direct examination of the specimen, not a couple of photos on a general aquarium forum.
 
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jake37 said:
How large is the pleco ? That might also give a hint as to the type.
Well he or she is young and I just purchased the fellow last week so not sure how much that would help, but about 2 inches!
 
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Shay1431 said:
Oooo i love the color it has
Thank you! I had been planning on a longfin bristlenose but this fella really caught my eye and swayed me.
 
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Feohw said:
Beautiful pleco. It's definitely not a clown pleco. Looks more like L387.
That looks like a much closer guess to me than a clown pleco. I’m almost positive it isn’t a clown because I had decided I wanted one that grew a bit larger before going to the store to get some otos for my tank and making an impulse buy on the pleco because of its beauty :p.
 

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Freshfishguy said:
Thank you! I had been planning on a longfin bristlenose but this fella really caught my eye and swayed me.
I have two male longfin bushy ones I believe for the longest I thought one was female
 

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More pictures can always help to see what it may be.
Freshfishguy said:
That looks like a much closer guess to me than a clown pleco. I’m almost positive it isn’t a clown because I had decided I wanted one that grew a bit larger.
It also looks close to the pattern of young L147 plecos. Look at these on planet catfish:




And from elsewhere to.


It gets to just under 6 inches as you said in the first post.
 
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little fella came out again so here are more pics. The second one is very high quality.

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It's definitely not a clown (Panaqolus maccus) but it certainly looks like a species in the same genus.
 
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Feohw said:
More pictures can always help to see what it may be.

It also looks close to the pattern of young L147 plecos. Look at these on planet catfish:




And from elsewhere to.


It gets to just under 6 inches as you said in the first post.
Lol yeah it looks to me either L147 or L 387, although I think L147 is a bit more on the nail.
 

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I’m not sure what pleco it is for sure, but based on the “hairs” on its tail and pecs it might be a male?
 

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