Pleco? Not A Pleco?

Discussion in 'Fish, Snail, Worm And Pest ID Help' started by RyleighJ, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. RyleighJValued MemberMember

    Hi there! My mom has an algae eater in her tank, and we're curious to as to what he (or she, I have no clue) is. I think he might be a pleco because that seems to be the closest fit, but he doesn't quite look like most of the pleco pictures I've seen before.

    Any help identifying him would he appreciated! And if he is a pleco, what kind?



    Some other info that might help: he spends most of his time in a cave, is a bottom feeder, and has blue eyes.

  2. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    That is not a Pleco. That looks to be a species of African Upside-Down Catfish.
    Not too sure, but I believe that this is Synodontis Eupterus.

  3. ZahcWell Known MemberMember

    Agreed with above, Synodontis Eupterus or "Featherfin Catfish". It's not a pleco.

  4. oOBlueOoWell Known MemberMember

    I know them as featherfin squeakers.
  5. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    They go by a number of names. Synodontis Eupterus, Featherfin Squeaker, Featherfin Catfish and even Squeaking Upside Down Catfish.

    By the way, I would consider upgrading your tank size in the future.
    Syno Eupterus can get up to 6-8 inches and possibly 12 inches.

    Once they are adults they are known to eat smaller fish, that's why feeding them sinking carnivore pellets is a good idea.

    I keep my Syno Eupterus in a 135 gallon tank with bigger cichlids such as Blood Parrots, a Gold Severum, Silver Dollars and a FireMouth.

    I would recommend at least a 55 gallon for a single specimen. What fish do you have with your Catfish at the moment?
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  6. RyleighJValued MemberMember

    Thanks so much everyone! It's my mom's tank (I have several of my own but this is hers) and she keeps another algae eater with it (no clue what this one is either) and two angelfish. I know she wants to upgrade, but I'll let her know she should do it soon!

    This is the other unknown algae eater.

  7. MikeRad89Well Known MemberMember

    That's a common pleco.
  8. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    Common Plecos are labeled "Algae Eater" in some fish stores across the state however, they do eat algae but I must say dont do a good job doing so. Also, they make a huge mess, pooping everywhere and anytime.

    Both of the fish in your mom's tanks will grow to a large size. The Syno will grow up to 8 inches and the Common Pleco can get up to 2 feet.
  9. RyleighJValued MemberMember

    I knew how big plecos could get, which is why I was especially concerned about whether or not the original fish was a pleco. It didn't occur to me that the little guy in the last picture could be a pleco because of how tiny he is now.
  10. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    Looks can be very deceiving, most people aren't aware that baby 2 inch common plecos can grow up to become a 2 foot monster.
  11. 2211NighthawkFishlore VIPMember

    Ha! True. I had a common and I KNOW they grow fast but he liked his terracotta pot. Then one day he came and and he'd doubled in size. :) I traded him in and later got a Bristlenose. They stay small, only around 6 inches I've heard. And the males look awesome.
  12. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    They do grow only up to 6 inches. However, they still make a mess :(
  13. 2211NighthawkFishlore VIPMember

    True... but they look weird enough that it is so worth it. :D
  14. MikeRad89Well Known MemberMember

    It may not be a common, the picture isn't close enough. I'm just guessing from the general shape.
  15. Redshark1Well Known MemberMember

    Yes, I thought it could possibly be a Sailfin.

    Synodontis and Plecos are potentially very long-lived fish. I would expect them to live over twenty years easily given suitable care.
  16. MikeRad89Well Known MemberMember

    Short dorsal, definitely not pteygoplichthys.
  17. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    I don't know about you, but it could be a baby bristlenose Pleco.
  18. MikeRad89Well Known MemberMember

    Could very well be. I can't see much of anything from the picture, I just know it's a pleco species.
  19. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    I can't see clearly as well.

    To the OP:
    You'll know if it's a BN Pleco if bristles start to grow on it once it reaches maturity. Once it reaches a good 4-5 inches it should display bristles.
  20. 2211NighthawkFishlore VIPMember

    Mines only about two inches long and he's already got a face full of bristles. He's adorable.

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