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Old 03-28-2011, 04:38 PM   #1
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What kind of pleco is this?

I picked up this pleco 2 weeks ago. However there was not a detailed name at the store, it just said pleco. Im guessing it's just a common pleco but I'm not sure. Anyone know for sure what kind it is?

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Yep, looks like a common to me
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I had a feeling but I wanted to be 100 % sure. Thanks viper

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No problem, here's a picture of mine with evil eyes

It looks like they have the same markings
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How big is the tank?
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How big is the tank?
I second that question. Not suspecting that yours isn't (as we don't know yet), but just a warning: Common Plecos have a rather large bioload and get huuuuuuge. Most reach a foot, and some are even capable of reaching two feet. Please just be sure that your tank is going to be big enough for this fish at its adult size.
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300 gallon minimum for those guys... Which can be in pond or tank form.
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Cool. yeah it looks pretty similar. I have a 45 gal. Prob not big enough for the pleco later on.

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Looks like a common to me, too. I do disagree on the 300 gallon minimum mentioned, however. The tank size needs to be 55 minimum with no other fish present in my opinon. The primary concern with ANY tank size (over 55, obviously) is your ability to clean up after the fish (these are not cleanup fish, you'll spend as much time cleaning their poop as you would have cleaning any algae they might eat, for example).
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They grow REALLY fast. I'd take him back and get either a rubberlip or bristlenose pleco. They're only 6 inches full grown.
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