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wiseiam

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Please!!! I need help identifying my pleco. I did some small research, but they almost all look the same (I'm talking about the colors/patterns etc). I am hoping that there are some Pleco Specialists on this site that can help??? Thanks in advance! :)20231103_130930.jpg
 

wiseiam

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wiseiam

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Jul 3, 2006
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Is there any way to tell the sex of this clown pleco with the current pic? He's never on the glass so I can't see under him...
 

fishorama

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I can't tell its gender. The link I posted tells how...for adults in breeding season. Maybe I always had females, I don't remember any bristly parts. Plecos can have them on the pectoral spines (usually very fine) sometime coming from the gills or along the "plates" over the body, or like ancistrus, bushy noses (mostly ancistrus species...I think, maybe others). I don't know about genital papillae either...Unless yours is close to 3 inches or so & it feels like breeding (or fighting) you might not see any signs. I didn't with mine but I kept only 1 at a time, no other clown plec to show off to either way. Female plecos & many other fish show a more rounded "tummy" area. That's the best I can do.
 

wiseiam

Here fishy fishy.....
Jul 3, 2006
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Northern Virginia
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Felisha
I can't tell its gender. The link I posted tells how...for adults in breeding season. Maybe I always had females, I don't remember any bristly parts. Plecos can have them on the pectoral spines (usually very fine) sometime coming from the gills or along the "plates" over the body, or like ancistrus, bushy noses (mostly ancistrus species...I think, maybe others). I don't know about genital papillae either...Unless yours is close to 3 inches or so & it feels like breeding (or fighting) you might not see any signs. I didn't with mine but I kept only 1 at a time, no other clown plec to show off to either way. Female plecos & many other fish show a more rounded "tummy" area. That's the best I can do.
Thank you so much for information! I will try to get a better picture. Maybe I'll see something? Lol
 

fishorama

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Maybe you will!! If you can, try for a pic after tanks lights go off but room lights are still on. Mine often grazed on the front glass for maybe a better view of pectoral bristles, "girly" full rounded tummies or genital papillae. I won't be much help for that last 1, I think I've only seen that in wood cats & maybe a couple others. Planetcatfish & google are your friends...but we'd love to see pics! Maybe someone else here knows...I'm no expert but I am interested.
 

wiseiam

Here fishy fishy.....
Jul 3, 2006
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Northern Virginia
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Felisha
Maybe you will!! If you can, try for a pic after tanks lights go off but room lights are still on. Mine often grazed on the front glass for maybe a better view of pectoral bristles, "girly" full rounded tummies or genital papillae. I won't be much help for that last 1, I think I've only seen that in wood cats & maybe a couple others. Planetcatfish & google are your friends...but we'd love to see pics! Maybe someone else here knows...I'm no expert but I am interested.
Excellent idea! I'll wait for lights out :) Thanks for the info!
 

jake72

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I have 1 clown pleco in my aquarium - had him for 4 years so far; i get to see him once every 8 months or so - for the longest time i thought he died till he showed up.
 

wiseiam

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Jul 3, 2006
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Northern Virginia
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I have 1 clown pleco in my aquarium - had him for 4 years so far; i get to see him once every 8 months or so - for the longest time i thought he died till he showed up.
I get to see mine all the time, however never on the glass. How big is he now?
 
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