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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-12-2014, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Could someone help me ID this pleco. Please :)

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-12-2014, 09:49 PM
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I was thinking one of these two:

- Hypostomus regani, although the dorsal fin looks larger than the one in your pic
- L142 (snowball pleco), although the spots on these are usually larger

Hopefully someone else will know for sure. You can check out this website and browse through it: http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...de=l&thumbs=16
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Leporacanthicus Galaxias - L029 aka Vampire Plecostomus, Galaxy Plecostomus, Tusken Plecostomus


How much is it selling for?
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$30. Its very cool looking, just wanna know what i'm getting into before i get it. If it is Leporacanthicus Galaxias is that a good price?
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$30 seems like a good price but totally depends on the SIZE.

2.5" to 4" long ones sell online for about $45 & up. Most of the nicer plecos tend to originate from Brazil & that particular type gets to about 8" long.
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I'm going to say Pseudolithoxus anthrax, L235. Hard to yell from the angle of the pic but vampires tend to have long snouts or noses, they also have a humped head. The common vampire is more brownish with more irregular spirits. There are varieties that are black with more regular spotting but they are a bit less common and command a higher price. The pectoral also seem a bit long for a vampire.

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-13-2014, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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Hmm. Its really tough to tell here. Planetcatfish is a great resource but there are so many plecos! This is a friend of mines fish that he is getting rid of. He has no idea what it is, he said it was sold to him as a snowball, but i dont think its a snowball. I've seen those. I will try and get more pictures and post them. I just want to ID because it could be the difference between a 5" fish and a 10" fish.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-27-2014, 01:20 AM
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It looks a lot like a Vampire Plecostomus.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-27-2014, 02:19 AM
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Looks like a galaxy pleco to me, lovely specimen! *feels the hard glare of my leopard sailfin for looking at other plecos* >.>
If you get a pleco remember that even small breeds need room to swim and plenty of water to dilute all that pleco poop! The bigger the tank the better, driftwood is always good, and NEVER expect them to survive on algae growing in the tank alone.. I don't even think that particular breed of pleco eats algae (may be remembering wrong though ^^'').
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