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Old 09-26-2004, 06:50 PM   #1
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Sexing Plecos?

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I have two bushy-nosed plecos (my 3rd died today (prolly from injuries when the LFS person dropped a big rock on him twice and cut him w/ sissors and had him in a tank with chiclids which were picking on him like no other) sry bout the rant) Anyway, I was wondering if anyone knew how I could sex them?? I don't think I wanna breed em or anything, I'm just being curious. I'm considering getting a 3rd one if I can find one later once they're moved into my 50 gallon... but yeah, just bein' curious. thanks!
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~55 galFW ~6 zebra danios (I think, haven't seen some in a while), ~7 black skirt tetras, 1 clown pleco, 1 cory cat, 3 pit bull plecos, 1 baby guppy in a breeders net, and 1 red minor tetra

I also have a couple other tanks w/o fish as right now I do not have the room/time and there is a chance of moving in the "near" future so I don't want to get more fish for them. I'm downsizing for the moment.
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Old 09-26-2004, 07:39 PM   #2
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I believe at maturity the males will have a very bushy nose, and the females will have fewere "bristles" but I am not positive about this. I know I have three, and only one has the fabulous bushy nose - the other two are smaller and lack them.

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yep that's right, males have bristles females have stumps, they only really show after theyre about 4" i believe
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For other species of pleco, look for the length of the interopercular spines (spines protruding from just infront of the gills) and the Pectoral odontes (little teeth on the pectoral fins' spines). Larger spines and odontes signal males. Almost non-existant odontes and spines indicate females.
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Old 09-27-2004, 08:10 PM   #5
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~12-13 gal FW hex w/ 4 female bettas and a recovering black skirt tetra

~55 galFW ~6 zebra danios (I think, haven't seen some in a while), ~7 black skirt tetras, 1 clown pleco, 1 cory cat, 3 pit bull plecos, 1 baby guppy in a breeders net, and 1 red minor tetra

I also have a couple other tanks w/o fish as right now I do not have the room/time and there is a chance of moving in the "near" future so I don't want to get more fish for them. I'm downsizing for the moment.
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