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Haydeno

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I purchased an albino pleco from Petsmart around a month ago. He’s maybe 3.5 inches. I need to know if it’s a bristlenose pleco or another species so I can properly rehome it before he gets too large. Very young so if it’s a bristlenose there’s no bristles yet. I have it in a 55 gallon with adequate hiding places like large hollow driftwood.image.jpg
 

the loach

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I'm afraid that is a Pterygoplichthys, so a big pleco that get to 1 to 2 feet in length. 3,5" isn't really young for a bristlenose...
 

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I'm afraid of that too, tl...but still hoping it's a smaller species ;) I don't know I've seen albinos of the really big plecos...but likely there are ;(...it was just a matter of time...If they can be bred they will be...
 

Haydeno

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Awe well I’ll watch it and if it gets much bigger I’ll get it a better home and make sure to get an albino bristlenose. Really love that pleco lol. Imo one of the prettiest fish I have even over 2 gourami and a rainbow shark
 

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It could be an albino BN, I just can't tell...it could also be something that grows very much larger...I hope not! At only 3.5 inches it's hard to say...fingers crossed it's a BN! So far, so small?
 

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It looks more like a sailfin pleco to me, but I've never had one so take what I say with a grain of salt.
 

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It looks more like a sailfin pleco to me, but I've never had one so take what I say with a grain of salt.
I agreed, this may be a sailfin. I counted over 10 rays, there are about 11-12.
 
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Haydeno

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It’s pretty confident and comes out during the day when I’m not around and usually has it’s fins flares out unless it’s hiding if that’s helps.
 

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It’s pretty confident and comes out during the day when I’m not around and usually has it’s fins flares out unless it’s hiding if that’s helps.
Any pleco will, especially when they fed. My bn is the same.
 
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