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Old 05-08-2005, 12:23 AM   #1
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sweet blue eyed baby

i traded my 12" pleco in today at a local pet shop and picked out a baby one to replace it. the guy chose it for me out of the tank because he said it was "different". and it was! i didn't realise just how different until i got it home and took a few pictures of it. i apologise for the quality of the picture, but this is a blue eyed pleco, no? it's a very industrious little fellow. it's in the 10 gallon aquarium with the guppies. when it gets big enough, i will move it over to the 55 gal. it's about 2" long right now. does anyone have any advice on keeping this rare little gem?
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sorry for the double pic post, is there a way for me to fix that?
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Old 05-08-2005, 12:39 AM   #3
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Does the eyes look blue when not taking pics? It could just be the flash. The pleco looks much like a rhino pleco (pterygoplichthys scrophus) . I have one. The blue eyed pleco is panaque cochliodon. Check out these plecos at planetcatfish.com and see what you think.

As for care, I don't imagine it would be any different than most plecos. Make sure he/she has some wood to rasp on. Offering some veggies like zucchini/squash is appreciated, as well as bottom feeder foods like algae tablets and shrimp pellets. Good luck with your new addition.
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thank you, Fluff i think you are correct, it does look like a rhino. *sigh* lol and here i was hoping i'd found a treasure. oh well, it's still a pretty little thing. and i do love those blue eyes in the pics.
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Rhinos are awesome. Very much like the sailfin plecos, I believe they have the potential to get up to 18" long. Just a little fyi for later use.
Mine is one of my favorite plecos. Lots of character and not at all shy.
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that's great to know, Fluff thank you for that fyi, too, lol ... he'll outgrow me before he's halfway through his life cycle. my favorite that i have is a 7" clown loach. he's amazing.

thanks again for the info and taking the time to respond. i really appreciate it.
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