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Old 04-22-2012, 10:39 AM   #1
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Can Anyone Help me ID my Pleco

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I know their are hundreds, but I am trying to find out what type he is (guessing its a he). i was told its a common plec, but im not so sure. its currently 6.5 inches (through the glass) but I have no history with it as i aquired it with the tank.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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Looks like a sailfin pleco to me
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good call, just checked PC and looks pretty close. one thing i do wonder, are the lighter patches of skin stress or normal?

also, since i am going to have to replace this, as it WILL soon outgrow my tank, will the smaller (e.g. bristlenose) produce less waste? i have big nitrate issues.
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also, can anyone clarify this? i know some look quite similar. (sorry lol, really dont want to get rid unless i have to)
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good call, just checked PC and looks pretty close. one thing i do wonder, are the lighter patches of skin stress or normal?

also, since i am going to have to replace this, as it WILL soon outgrow my tank, will the smaller (e.g. bristlenose) produce less waste? i have big nitrate issues.
Normal, most have a pattern like that.

Yes, your plec is a poop machine. The BN will be better, but will still produce qlot of waste
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Yes, your plec is a poop machine. The BN will be better, but will still produce qlot of waste
my aim is to be able to get more stock, i want guppys. will the drop in waste balance my tank enough to get more fish? (i have 11 neons 2 salt n pepper mollies and the pleco in a 65L tank)
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my aim is to be able to get more stock, i want guppys. will the drop in waste balance my tank enough to get more fish? (i have 11 neons 2 salt n pepper mollies and the pleco in a 65L tank)
Yes. But a 6" pleco in a 16 gallon just wont do. Youll need to get rid of him, let it all balence out, and maybe get 4-5 guppies
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also, sorry for all the questions, could you sudgest any more plec (no more than like 7 inches) that dont produce buckets of waste, or is this just a pleco thing?
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also, sorry for all the questions, could you sudgest any more plec (no more than like 7 inches) that dont produce buckets of waste, or is this just a pleco thing?
Clown pleco, or pitbull plecos are your best option
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thanks for that. so if i got a clown pleco, that would be ok to get a couple guppys?
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