Species Of My Pleco

aamaral98

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HI I'm a first time pleco owner. Hes about 6-8 inches and around a year old. Just tossed up on what species he is?
Also,
1. What live plants are best for him?
2. What size tank should he be in for the size he is right now? (I will be upgrading again when he gets bigger!)
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aamaral98

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Another clearer picture I got
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chromedome52

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It is a very stressed Gold Spot Sailfin, Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus. When happy, the body is dark chocolate brown to black, with the gold spots and reticulations. I have one of these, and when mine looks like yours, I know the tank is overdue for a major water change.

Does he have any wood to chew on? That could be another reason for being stressed, as they need the fiber. At that size he should already be in a 75 gallon tank or larger, and in the end he will need at least a 125.
 
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aamaral98

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chromedome52 said:
It is a very stressed Gold Spot Sailfin, Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus. When happy, the body is dark chocolate brown to black, with the gold spots and reticulations. I have one of these, and when mine looks like yours, I know the tank is overdue for a major water change.

Does he have any wood to chew on? That could be another reason for being stressed, as they need the fiber. At that size he should already be in a 75 gallon tank or larger, and in the end he will need at least a 125.
I juuust did a tank change before this picture so maybe that's why? I probably could use a bigger tank too
 
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aamaral98

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aamaral98 said:
I juuust did a tank change before this picture so maybe that's why? I probably could use a bigger tank too
Thank you!
 
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