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New Pleco! RHINO!:)?

Discussion in 'Plecos' started by TheFishBoss97, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. TheFishBoss97

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    Hey guys,

    Today I was at my LFS looking for a few nerites and feeders.....for my angels in my 72G..........so while I was there I browsed through their pleco section and saw this amazing little guy.....or girl;) Amazing coloration and I had never heard of it......The owner told me some guy brought around 10 of them in 3-4 days back, and this was the last one......I had to have it so I bought it and a few nerites and brought them home. Only $7.50, IDK, but to me, that is a great price:) He/she is around 3" and in my 20G quarantine with a 1 eyed angel(2.5") and a few snowball shrimps...IDK if they need wood, so I left a coconut cave in there and DW.........

    Here are some pics...............



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    Btw, Staff at my LFS told me this is a dwarf pleco and only gets to around 5" or so Max.......I think they are right? Any other info is welcome!:)

    Thanks guys!
     
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    sorry pics are crappy, but you can still see;) can't wait for my SLR(not mine:D, my dads) to come in on jan. 2nd:) then I can finally take pics that show up well on my laptop

    and btw, coloration is much better in person
     
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    Body coloration looks like a rhino, but the dorsal fin doesn't look like any of the photos on PlanetCatfish.
    It does match a photo on Google Images, but those can be wrong.
    That's the best I can do.

    It's a nice looking pleco, in any case. Sweet price.
     
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    very cool!
     
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    Don't rhino plecos get to be about 11 inches?
     
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    Hmmmm the spotting on the dorsal fin make me feel like its a gibbiceps rather then a rhino. The molted colors its displaying would be easily explained by the fact that when frightened it shows more of a molted pattern look similiar to a rhino. Rhino's have no spots from what ive seen and experienced. Either way though it is a nice looking specimen. Give it time to calm down then take pics so we could see it's normal calm coloration versus a stress coloration.
     
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    Ya, 10-11", not 5 like the lfs said. Don't need wood like Panaques, but does need some veggies in the diet along with meatier foods. Or just feed it NLS pellets, they're good for any species of pleco IME.
     
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    i hope you have an 18 inch tank sitting around :) i saw these at my LFS, they get bigger than 5 inches...
     
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    thanks!

    thanks, yeah, idk:) i jumped on it since it was that cheap;)
     
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    thx for the heads up, i didn't know then, but to me it doesn't matter as I can still keep it;) as I'm sure it will be fine in a 72G, and if not, i will rehome it or upgrade.
     
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    I'm gonna search up gibbiceps........

    Yeah, i will take some more pics for you guys, not now, because I turned off the lights, and yes, it did change color, before I turned off the lights, it didn't have those spots and looked more like rhino skin which I assume is what it is supposed to look like?

    I feed all my plecos zucchini, other veggies, and algae wafers, never tried NLS pellets? Maybe next time I run out of my wafers;)

    ? 18" tank? idk....what you mean
    lol
     
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    18in wide
     
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    oh, yeah, my 72G is....18" at the deepest point......and 14" at shallowest in terms of width
     
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    My dad and I are looking at a few tanks at my LFS..........the 200G was sold:( So all that is left is a super tall 350G tank(NO), a few 150Gs, 125Gs, and lots of 90Gs..........I think I am leaning towards something 6ft and so is my dad........;)
     
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    I think a big tank is great if it ends up being a rhino but I would think the problem would be your current stock. I doubt your bottom dwellers are going to be compatible with the pleco once it reaches a certain size.
     
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    Looking closer to your pic and it does look like a rhino with exception to those spots but I did find one picture of a rhino with black spots on its dorsal fin which I found pretty interesting. I currently own a rhino and they are nice pleco's. They are not such bully's like there bigger cousins the gibbiceps. These are mainly veggy eating pleco's so don't give to much protein. Also driftwood is extremely beneficial for the Pterygoplichthys family. Mine love it.

    With regards to your tankmates I think you should watch out with your snails. I have seen pleco's eat Mystery Snails buy sucking on there openings and forcing them out. The shrimps will be fine though. They tend to be to fast and small for the pleco's to worry about or to try to consider them dinner.

    The current 72 gallon will be good for your Rhino without needing an upgrade. They get big but not overly active so they do fine in that size tank. A 125gallon of course would be better but isnt really needed. I got mine in a 135gallon but he shares his home with various other pleco's.
     
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    yeah, I will see, I might just upgrade and leave the 72 as is. But either way I will still keep the 72g and have it running so I can leave the other bottom dwellers in there and make the larger one a cichlid tank? I would really like to get a large cichlid tank with a nice rockscape. Well, here in SJ, I can easily find used-new tanks ranging from 90Gs to 150Gs for $75-$200........so I think that isn't an issue. Well, I assume I have at least 1/2 a year before the rhino is large enough to require a new tank? considering plecos grow quite slowly, and this one is only around 3" or so.....
     
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    thanks;) Yeah, I think all plecos like DW whether its for their teeth, or hiding;0

    Yeah, I think I will maybe move the snails to a diff. tank or leave them permanently in the QT......

    Currently, as of 10 min ago, the rhino only has spots on its tail, which there are only 2 of, and are patterned like rhino skin. I only feed wafers and other processed fish foods when I am on vacation, or come home late, etc. So my plecos get around 3-5 slices of fruits/veggies a week.............


    I think a bigger tank would be better as I am sure the rhino will uproot plants and I don't want that as the 72G is a planted tank. Would they do fine with cichlids? I think so, but I'm not sure, as the only pleco I have had was a common pleco I got at around 3" which grew to around 12" until I jumped out of my 72G the 1st month it was setup when I was in Hawaii, it knocked the glass cover off(which broke) and then jumped, idk why though as it had never before when it was in a 20G.

    Camera battery is charging right now, so pics probably in a few hours? there are a few ppl coming over to my house to check the electrical, something is really screwed up

    my dad and i chekced the house wattage, and it shows total 600 watts, but the PG&E SMART(not) meter shows 1100 watts

    lol
     
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    for some reason, my rhino is sucking on my rock(very jagged and rough), not sharp, but very rough, like a dead coral................. is that okay, or should i remove in case he /she harms itself?
     

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