What kind of pleco do I have?

Discussion in 'Fish, Snail, Worm And Pest ID Help' started by Firefly's Love, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. Firefly's LoveValued MemberMember

    I was told when I got him, three years ago, that Peter was a bristlenose pleco. Of course, I'm not at all sure that was accurate.


  2. alinkWell Known MemberMember

    Looks like it could be a L 135 (Rio Negro Pleco). Not positive tho... Ill keep digging.

    EDIT: L015 (Candy Stripe Pleco) looks more similar than the Rio Negro. I have found that they are sometimes referred to as the same but I think thats a mistake.

  3. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    The link isn't working for me.

  4. alinkWell Known MemberMember

  5. Firefly's LoveValued MemberMember


    Sorry it's kind of blown up... and sideways. He's actually sucking on the side of the glass.

    If he IS a Candy Striped Pleco, is the 29 gallon he's living in (the only tank I have, and likely the biggest I'll have for many more years) big enough for him?

    EDIT: Ninja'd!
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  6. Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    Not sure what he is, definitely not a bristle nose though. ..

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  7. alinkWell Known MemberMember

    If it is, it gets about 4 inches for a max size. How is your other stocking? For space it should be fine, but plecos are big waste producers, so that would take up bioload room that would reduce the amount of other fish you could have..
  8. PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    I second the candy stripe
  9. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Looks like candy stripe to me as well, +3
  10. Firefly's LoveValued MemberMember

    Right now, a school of 6 Cardinal Tetras, which I'm planning to up to around 9-11. I'm also planning a small corydoras school (6), and maaaaybe a honey gourami.
  11. PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    In a 29 id keep himwith low bios like alink said. Small tetras, or smallish barbs. They have low waste impact.shrimp would work too.

    we need to make some scoring system for this. Each fish needs a letter grade for space needed for swimming, bio waste, and territorial space
  12. alinkWell Known MemberMember

    With sufficient filtration, I think that would be fine.

    LOL! I been trying to think of a way to do that but theres just too many variables!!
  13. I keep fishWell Known MemberMember

    Since we are so good at adding :) +4 on that candy stripe.
  14. Firefly's LoveValued MemberMember

    I was just worried there for a while that he didn't look like a BN (for good reason), and that he was one of those plecos that turns out to get two feet long.
  15. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Well, good he's not. :)
  16. I keep fishWell Known MemberMember

    A reason to get a huge tank :;rocker
  17. alinkWell Known MemberMember

    Idk, but I think a cross of that with a Bristlenose would look sweet! Especially if the stripes go through the bristles!
  18. Firefly's LoveValued MemberMember

    A huge tank is someday in my future probably. But for now, I'm a college student who is only home on weekends during the school year, and I only have the time and energy for one medium sized tank.
  19. Thefishgeek33Valued MemberMember

    He looks like a big band tiger pleco, Beautiful fish btw.

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  20. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    It's a Common. It looks nothing like a Candy Stripe. It's way too big, isn't grey and white striped, is the wrong shape, and the fins are wrong. The blotchiness is stress markings because it can't blend in with the substrate.

    Probably a gibbiceps.

    Last edited: Jul 10, 2015

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