Identification issues. Snowball pleco?

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LeahMae

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I got this guy for free from a Meijer because he’s bloated and his head was stuck in a snail shell. He was given to me with the label “Plecostomus Medium”. I can’t tell if he’s a hybrid or what. To me he looks most like a Snowball or I guess maybe a Bristlenose but he doesn’t have -nose- bristles. It’s like he has whiskers they’re down underneath around his mouth and he has two long ones that stick out front. He also has two rows of small spikes down his tail which is kind of cool. I took him out of the tank to try to feed him some peas and get pics. The tank is a 37 tall and yes I plan on getting a 55 or larger soon, but I wanted to identify him just in case he is going to get huge. I’ll do what it takes but as I’ve never seen “medium” as a type of pleco, so I don’t believe them. He does hide against things in a way that makes me think he has a “sucker fish” type mouth but he’s never done it against the glass so I’m not sure if he does. Also some tips on how to give him veggies would be great ? the other fish eat the peas, he won’t eat when I have him in a bowl (very stressed of course), and other veggies keep floating.8B2AE600-4174-430A-B8C4-D1AAE34F4636.jpegD56EEEF9-C206-4AF0-8EC9-0E578CEBEF09.jpeg774F2FB6-C1B6-435D-B937-3DF166C43EAE.jpeg10A66770-DD4A-4467-9392-1E60A5C1D4C7.jpeg25D6E448-EF28-4B4A-8A48-27AB3ADED7C0.jpeg4F024AC5-DA99-472E-8F37-C7606861415E.jpeg4FC31550-BCA0-43BE-9D41-C1A5811D3B71.jpeg6D9E25A9-4DC0-4B7B-836C-0CAD0B809AC9.jpegAACEADF0-16AB-4BBD-A73D-C2F5FD5F0800.jpeg70C56209-179E-49ED-B8BA-5326D22E8AB4.jpeg9C1B3949-8DE2-4903-AE2A-4132EAB9046D.jpegAF54D4ED-79F9-42B6-A728-353FEDB5FF55.jpeg083D9744-BAEF-4CAD-A51B-94996CE7F961.jpeg6563E227-4B82-4E54-A8D1-6C9CFEE0F904.jpegA1494A14-1B9D-4E1E-A6EB-EDFAF7052805.jpeg6D3E617D-AB4F-4BEA-B6BC-621724FA8524.jpeg693A9E09-FCE2-4984-A783-F32618355D9C.jpeg79D08A14-4E74-4790-9FA8-1F68DDA34F48.jpeg755240B3-C041-40D3-93E6-EA516E60CFE6.jpego
 

dougall

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My money would be on Synodontis or raphael,

Not a catfish guy at all, but I wouldn't think it was a Pleco at all.
 

LeahMae

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My money would be on Synodontis or raphael,

Not a catfish guy at all, but I wouldn't think it was a Pleco at all.
Oh my gosh you’re right. It looks just like a Spotted Raphael Catfish. I knew something was off! Thank you I definitely have more reading to do!! I don’t know anything about this guy but he was going to die there so I’ll figure it out ?
 
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Definitely a spotted Raphael. Smaller and prettier of the raphs too.
 

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Yeah, I vote spotted raphael too. With that "girthiness" maybe a female? I forget how to tell. I had a striped raphael & he was pretty much nocturnal/crepuscular. We'd see him out for food after tank lights were out but room lights still on. The white makes them more visible. If spotteds are similar in habit (I think they are) just feed it after lights out...& set your timer accordingly so you can see it.
 
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