Identify Pleco

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Identify Pleco

Post by rmclaney » Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:47 pm

Please help me identify this little fella. I was bought it as a present and hopefully it isn’t going to be 24inches in the future!

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Identify Pleco

Post by rmclaney » Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:14 pm

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Re: Identify Pleco

Post by bekateen » Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:21 pm

Hi rmclaney,

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Your fish is the common pleco, Pterygoplichthys pardalis. It'll grow about 35cm plus tail, so figure about 42-44cm or so with tail.

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Re: Identify Pleco

Post by rmclaney » Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:53 pm

Thank you. Guess I will need to upsize! Any clue what the sex is?

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Re: Identify Pleco

Post by bekateen » Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:44 pm

I don't know if it's easy to tell with these, unless you can see the vent and the fish is mature. But if you are hoping to spawn them in the tank, I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you. I've read that they breed by burrowing out caves in mud banks and really breed only in pond-like settings when in captivity. I'm not aware of any confirmed aquarium spawns.

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Re: Identify Pleco

Post by rmclaney » Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:37 pm

No just curiosity. But thank you!

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Re: Identify Pleco

Post by dinaharris » Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:43 am

bekateen wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:21 pm
Hi rmclaney,

Welcometo Planetcatfish!

Your fish is the common pleco, Pterygoplichthys pardalis. It'll grow about 35cm plus tail, so figure about 42-44cm or so with tail.

Cheers, Eric
Sorry "bekateen" I don't agree with your opinion. In my opinion, this is Bristlenose Pleco which will grow up to 3″ (7.2 cm).

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Re: Identify Pleco

Post by Bas Pels » Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:06 am

If your brislenose refers to Ancistrus - it is not. Ancistrus are rather flat, and this fish is not flat. Further the common Ancisturs has white points in the tail fin which are missing in this one.

Lastly it looks like it is already larger then 7.5 cm, or 3 inches (an inch is 2.54 cm, not 2.4)
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Re: Identify Pleco

Post by bekateen » Thu Jan 30, 2020 3:13 pm

dinaharris wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:43 am
Sorry "bekateen" I don't agree with your opinion. In my opinion, this is Bristlenose pleco which will grow up to 3″ (7.2 cm).
Hi dinaharris,

The fish shown above is definitely not a bristlenose pleco. One photo above (which I've copied here) shows the dorsal fin flared. You can count the fin rays and there are too many for Ancistrus, but just right for Pterygoplichthys pardalis.

Also, as a side note, even common bristlenose plecos can easily reach 6" as they age.

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Re: Identify Pleco

Post by Acanthicus » Thu Jan 30, 2020 3:19 pm

Im with P. pardalis, because of the dorsal ray count, the head morphology, the pattern, the colouration and the body morphology.
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