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Old 07-08-2012, 07:15 AM   #1
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Pleco help

I have a pleco in my tank which seems to get lighter patches on him, after a da or so he will look dark again and normal. Can anyone tell me what our be causing it.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:26 AM   #2
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What pleco is it? What colour gravel/sand do you have? I have a leopard sailfin pleco that does the same, it's nothing to worry about they change colour to help blend to there environment if you have a picture it would help to confirm it but I am sure it's this.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:29 AM   #3
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It is just a bristle nose and my gravel is light coloured, but with dark gravel as well mixed through. Could it be the lights I'm using. And how quickly can they change colour
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Not sure if bristle nose pleco's do this but I know sf and common ones do, and pretty instantly mine changes when he is on the big wood or the sand. Are the patches even or blotted? Are they all over?
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No the are big patches over his body, it seems very healthy and happy, could he light do it to him
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I have a common pleco which also does this, he always has done and seems to be healthy enough (judging by the fact he has grown considerably in the time I have had him). Although he is not a bristlenose.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:43 AM   #7
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Yeah well mine was small when I got him and now he is about medium size starting to get him bristle, so you think it could be him growing
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:47 AM   #8
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Although I'm not the most experienced they seem to want to blend into their surroundings so as long as he is eating normally I wouldn't worry.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:50 AM   #9
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Thank you so much for your help, he is eating a lot. He will even take on my anglefish for a bloodworm I didn't think they would eat that
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Yep! Mine does it against the sand, but never against his driftwood. Its just a camo thing.
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