What kind of Pleco is it and why does it have a red spot on its belly?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Forums' started by bluesky2111, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. bluesky2111Valued MemberMember

    Just bought him at petsmart. They sold him as a Bristlenose pleco, but when I got home I realized he didn't have the spiky heads like the others. He's about 1.5in long.

    One more thing, I noticed there's a red spot on his belly. Could it be some kind of injury or something else? He's still very active and healthy though.

    Thanks in advance!


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  2. FettucciniWell Known MemberMember

    It's a bristlenose, most likely. They don't develop the bristles until they get a bit older, and the females often don't get them at all.
  3. TeishokueWell Known MemberMember

  4. TripleChromeNew MemberMember

    Red spot looks to be an injury. I have had my Blue Wag Platy jump out of the bucket I put fish in when I do water changes and he got a red spot on him. It will get better on your pleco. My platy who got an injury, the red spot went away within a week. And it is a BN pleco from what I can tell. That one is still pretty young, though, so it is not all that easy to tell. I have mostly seen BN's in albino, but someone can correct me if there are other albino plecos.
  5. bluesky2111Valued MemberMember

    Thank you very much, that's a relieve. Hopefully it's just an injury. :)

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