Pleco? Not A Pleco?

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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?

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

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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.
 

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

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oOBlueOo said:
I know them as featherfin squeakers.
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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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.

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RyleighJ said:
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.

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Common Plecos are labeled "Algae Eater" in some fish stores across the state however, they do eat algae but I must say don't 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.
 
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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.
 

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RyleighJ said:
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.
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.
 

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Ed204 said:
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.
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.
 

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2211Nighthawk said:
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.
They do grow only up to 6 inches. However, they still make a mess
 

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

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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.
 

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

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MikeRad89 said:
Could very well be. I can't see much of anything from the picture, I just know it's a pleco species.
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.
 

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Ed204 said:
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.
Mines only about two inches long and he's already got a face full of bristles. He's adorable.
 

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