Can someone tell me what this is?

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2manytanks
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Can someone tell me what this is?

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This little guy was labeled as a butterfly pleco, but doesn't match any of the pictures of one here. He is very flat ( he does look just like a flounder, which according to this site is another name for a butterfly pleco, so at first I thought he was labeled correctly at the store, but he has no discernable pectoral or dorsal fins, like the example pics show) He spends pretty much all his time attached to the side of the tank, and has shown no interest in any of the food I have offered him so I'm very interested in finding out what he is so I can figure out what to feed him.

Thanks! Amy

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Post by Silurus »

This is not catfish. It's a hillstream loach. Most likely Beaufortia kweichowensis.
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Thanks Silurus! I apologize for asking about a non catfish here, I was going on the name labeled at the store (and my non-experience with catfish!! :o ). Thanks so much for your speedy reply, I'll head on over to a loach site!! :D

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just from the photo I'd guess it to be a Gastromyzon, the mouth looks too small to be a Beaufortia kweichowensis. I keep 1 Beaufortiakweichowensis and 2 Gastromyzon together and other than appearance they seem to have the same requirments.
Juwel Rio 180, approx. 48 US Gallon
Eheim 2128 Thermo Filter
JBL pro 2 Co2 system

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10 Harlequins
2 Bristlenose Cats, 1 male, 1 female
1 Male Crowntail Betta
2 Botia Angelicus
4 Corys, 2 Speckled and 2 Albino
2 as yet unidentified catfish
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Post by Silurus »

just from the photo I'd guess it to be a Gastromyzon, the mouth looks too small to be a Beaufortia kweichowensis
It's the other way around. Gastromyzon have wider mouths than Beaufortia.

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Post by Nik_Boyd »

thanks for the correction, site I was looking at must be wrong :) in that case I keep 1 Gastromyzon and 2 Beaufortia
Juwel Rio 180, approx. 48 US Gallon
Eheim 2128 Thermo Filter
JBL pro 2 Co2 system

Pinky the Apple Snail
11 Cardinal Tetras
10 Harlequins
2 Bristlenose Cats, 1 male, 1 female
1 Male Crowntail Betta
2 Botia Angelicus
4 Corys, 2 Speckled and 2 Albino
2 as yet unidentified catfish
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