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Is The "common Pleco" (Hypostomus Plecostomus) Still Available?


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#1 Westie

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 08:53 PM

As the title says, is the common pleco still available in the hobby?
I see the sailfin pleco, goldspot pleco, and albino gibbi for sale all the time, but never see the common pleco. Is it still around?

#2 bigjohnnofish

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 12:53 AM

i still have one - bought it last year..... around 35-40cm now... and looks awesome - except when i leave it outside in the cold for too long :) back inside and fattening up....



#3 dicky7

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 11:27 AM

is this the common Gibby  you are talking about ??



#4 Westie

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 12:18 PM

Where did you get it from Johno?

 

Dicky it's the common pleco (Hypostomus Plecostomus), like this one: 

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The gibbi is a Pterygoplichthys Gibbiceps, like this photo:

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check out the red whiptail next to the gibbi, looks nice hey!

I prefer the look of the common pleco to the gibbi or sailfin. Would love to get one!

 

Oh, and the photos above are from google image search. Second photo is from a PCS member too.



#5 Terry

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 12:57 PM

The pic above is not Hypostomus plecostomus, the real pleco has 8 rays in the dorsal fin. I have only seen 2 real plecos in the last 30 years. Johnno does yours have 8 or 13 rays.

 

 http://www.perthcich...showtopic=18650


Edited by Terry, 10 June 2016 - 01:01 PM.


#6 Westie

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 02:13 PM

thanks for the heads up terry

 

I'll re-phrase my original question to: "has anyone seen the Pterygoplichthys Multiradiatus available"?



#7 bigjohnnofish

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Posted 11 June 2016 - 01:52 AM

i was at midland pet/aquarium today - saw about 6-7 of them for sale around 6-7-8cm.... forgot to look at the price sorry bud.....

 

terry im guessing it has 13 rays but i'll double check now..... counted 12 rays twice - so its closer to 13 than 8 :)



#8 Westie

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Posted 20 June 2016 - 11:34 AM

I haven't had the opportunity to get out to Midland lately, but I did see a pleco (not goldspot or sailfin) at my local fish shop. Problem was, it was a trade in and had a deformed body, so I wasn't going to buy that.



#9 bigjohnnofish

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Posted 23 June 2016 - 12:51 AM

next time im down the flat lands i'll call in to middo and have a look for ya... pm me your mobile number and i'll take a photo and send it to ya :)



#10 Westie

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Posted 23 June 2016 - 12:04 PM

All sorted now thanks mate, but I appreciate the offer. I work 5 minutes away from Vebas, and they have them in stock at the moment. Peckoltia gave me the heads up.  

I also found out yesterday from a friend that Aquotix now have them in stock as well. I'm glad they are now readily available in Perth. I should take photos and track the growth of him, as he would only be about 5 or 6cm long






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