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Old 04-15-2014, 02:26 AM   #1
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Hi all,
I got this pleco when I first started keeping fish. I was just curious is he a common pleco?

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Old 04-15-2014, 03:18 AM   #2
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I think so.. You need a huge tank for those
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:20 AM   #3
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I know : ) I'm looking at 180+ plus right now.

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Old 04-15-2014, 03:20 AM   #4
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That's going to be one happy pleco
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:26 AM   #5
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I hope so! though he's not eating the algae wafers or veggies I'm putting in. he's growing and active with good color though...hope he's healthy

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Old 04-15-2014, 03:30 AM   #6
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Might be a Sailfin ?
http://www.planetcatfish.com/common/...species_id=148

Here is one "Common"

http://www.planetcatfish.com/common/...?species_id=88

Please note there are several lookalike Plecos that are sold as "Commons". Care is same. Size is about 18".

Try adding driftwood. Some Plecos also eat wood. They appreciate some frozen bloodworms as well.
Rapashy Gel Diets are usuLly a hit also.

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Old 04-15-2014, 03:33 AM   #7
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I was curious about the sailfin...His coloring is really unique from what I've seen. Either way he's a lot of fun.

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Old 04-15-2014, 04:21 AM   #8
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My common looks exactly like yours...
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Well so much for feeling special... : )

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He's still pretty
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:42 AM   #11
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:25 PM   #12
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Sailfin is a variety of the common, so you're all correct. lol
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Not exactly. Sailfins have more rays in their dorsal fin.

From Planet Catfish
"Pterygoplichthys can be identified by the number of rays in the dorsal fin. More than 10 indicates that it's a Pterygoplichthys. Most other plecos have 8 or fewer rays (in particular the larger Hypostomus species that are most likely to be confused with Pterygoplichthys). "

Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps is The Sailfin Pleco.

Several lookalike large Hypostomus sp are called "Common Pleco".

Gibbiceps are distinctive once you know what to look for. Notice the tail is deeply scalloped and has top and bottom points.

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I have the same one! Yours looks really healthy..
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I have the same one! Yours looks really healthy..
Healthy and spoilt... He loves cucumber and steamed broccoli stem ..
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Where do you put them in the tank? My ciclid and oscar keep tearing it up lol
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I keep this guy with my cichlids...though if Satan took a fish form he would be my chocolate pleco...even my 9 inch JD runs from him...

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Mine won't eat veggies....

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Where do you put them in the tank? My ciclid and oscar keep tearing it up lol

I just drop it into the front of the tank so I can watch ,Fortunately he only shares with peaceful fish ... And he's that big (mick) they all leave it alone..
For mick I put half a chunk in and Henry is in another tanks he's so tiny he gets a slice ..
A great little investment is a screwcumber .. eBay or amazon sell them . I have 2 but both are generally in with mick he loves to munch
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