ID Plec

Discussion in 'Fish' started by mlgt, 7 Feb 2010.

  1. mlgt

    mlgt Member

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    What am I ?

    I picked this little fella up from a friend who was throwing away some wood from her tank.

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  2. rawr

    rawr Member

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    I think it's a Clown Plec, but I'm not expert so would wait for someone more qualified to come along :)
     
  3. mlgt

    mlgt Member

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    Thats what I thought.

    He/she is lovely, my only concern is the red tip on its side fin.
     
  4. dw1305

    dw1305 Expert

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    Hi all,
    Does look like a "Clown Pec", Panaque maccus, but there are lots of very similar options. Have a look on "Planet Catfish" <http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/species.php?species_id=734>.

    If you can see it's jaws the teeth should be quite large and in a 2 opposite V's, they need wood, and vegetables (carrot, sweet potato, courgette etc.) and you never see them during the day.
    cheers Darrel
     
  5. ghostsword

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    yep, a Clown Plec it is.. :) They grow to about 10cm

    http://images.google.co.uk/images?sourc ... CBIQsAQwAA

    Easy to keep, and you might not see him at all during day time, just remember that it eats wood and some greens. Too much protein and it will die. It really likes meaty foods, but too much and he gets his stomach all swollen.

    You should get some caves, and coco shells, so that it can hide.

    The fish poos a lot, and it doesn't really clean the tank, but it looks nice when you catch sight of him.. :)
     

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