common or bristlenose?

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grumpyfish

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my pleco, swim pickens was sold to me from the pet store without a species name. they didnt know what he is. can any of yall tell?

hes only about 3cm long maybe smaller. real little feisty guy. hes really active day and night, always hangin out with my betta.

hes currently in a 10 gal but i need to know what he is so i can get him up to the appropriate size tank when he gets bigger (and how big hell get)
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I am not sure, but it may be a long finned BN. I'm judging by the dark coloration &, well, the very long tail, lol.

How long is it nose to "meaty" part of it's tail?

I haven't seen long finned "common" plecos, not that they might not exist, but I haven't seen them.
 
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fishorama

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Oh, I'm sorry, you did post it's size! I was cooking dinner & not reading very well.

Long finned BN is my best ID. I have a L144 female (similar gold BN variety but not long fins) & just love her. Like yours, she is always active & "out there" at all times.

Beside the long fins (they don't really count for measuring length), call it a 4 or 5 inch fish. It'll be fine in a very lightly stocked 20 (long) or larger tank.

What tanks do you have? I like that you have live plants in your small tank! I'm a plant nut, lol.
 

grumpyfish

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thank you!!! i thought he was prob a bn because of the spots, but really needed another opinion :)

ive actually only got one tank, im really new to the aquarium scene and originally only planned on getting my betta and was even a little iffy on a dwarf frog lol. i still live in my parents house but when i move out soon, ill be saving up lots for a bigger tank or maybe a few haha
 

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A healthy looking little BN too!

I started with a pair 2yrs ago from a LFS and now have maybe 10-12? Very wise in keeping 1.
 
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Oh! Frogs are NOT community animals! I haven't kept them for that reason (& I just don't like them enough to devote a tank to them). Loaches are my favs & in 55g you could have a school (or shoal) of several of a smaller species & the BN...or 8-10 corys & the BN. Plus a school of small rasboras or tetras. & maybe a pearl gourami...

Wait until you move to decide, you got some time it sounds like. But nothing wrong with some research in the meantime
 
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