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Found 133 results

  1. Hey, just wanted to know how do you tell the sex of tiger plecos as I'm looking to sort out males from females, thanks too anyone that helps
  2. Problem:- Male bristlenose pleco, 5+ years old, not moving, floating upside down on surface or bottom, no signs of illness or injury. Fish looks dead, it's not until I pick it up and lift it from the water that it moves very slightly. I can place it right way up but it eventually drifts to its side or back. Have moved it into a large fry cage for easy access. Edited to add: have not seen it eat for the last week. Ph:- 7.2 Ammonia:- 0 Nitrate:- 5 Nitrite:- 0 Gh:- Kh:- Size of tank:- 250 litre Temperature °C:- 25 c Been running for:- 2.5 years this tank, was in a 120L prior to this for another 2.5 years Filtration:-Canister/Sump/Internal Filter/Sponge:- Otto Pf800n internal, aqua one nautilus 4000 canister. Fish in tank:- 3 x adult bristlenose (1m, 2f), 4 x juvenile clown loach, 7 Cory's, 2 x juvenile angels, 4 x blind cave tetras, 4 x gold widow tetras Plants in Tank:- Anubias, Feeding:- What food and How often: once a day, algae wafers, shrimp pellets, flake food and small pellets Recent Medication Treatments:- melafix Last water change:- last Wednesday, overdue by one day. Water change every Day/Weekly/Monthly: weekly
  3. Hey guys i was just wondering whats the go with breeding pleco's. I'm going to be getting frontosa and i'm going to use the same water and substrate will this work???? i have a standard 3ft tank so what species can i breed (L numbers if possible)??? and what do i need Cheers
  4. Hi can anyone let me know if Metronidazole will effect my pleco?
  5. Hi I was givin a 42cm sailfin last night and as I was getting it out of the tank it released a big spurt of blood out of its gills, I have never seen this before. Can anyone give me any indication as to why? Ammonia poisoning?? The guy I got it off said he never noes much in his tank but as soon as I got it home and released into my tank he looked happy as and was cruising around for ages. Is this anything to worry about and if I was to put into a tank with other fish will it cause them to bleed catch whatever this is? Thank you in advance for your help will be much appreciated
  6. I’m doing some research on pleco and most of the species I saw grow to about 10cm. Are there any other L’s that grow at least by 15cm, not hard to keep and would be happy on a community tank(not into breeding, just happy to see them swimming and cleaning the tank)? Also expected $$$ that I’ll be paying for these guys and availability. Saw a honeycomb pleco and still looking for other options. L expert opinion will be greatly appreciated.
  7. I moved my jd into a 5ft tank and put a 20cm pleco in there and the jd won't leave it alone. It almosts chases the plec around the tank and nips at fins ect. Any ideas on how to stop the jd? Cheers, Sam
  8. Ive got one & I want another one!! Does anyone know if ppl are successfully breeding them? I put a WTB in the trader section but no one has replied yet... Here are a couple of pics of mine
  9. what's the price of a 15cm honeycombe pleco? Any special marks/spots? They seem to look like sailfin pleco without the big dorsal fin and lighter in colour. Need a "l" trained eye to spot difference.
  10. Pleco genus and species. Just a few of the more common genus of plecos available in Australia at times. Ancistrus also known as bristle nose pleco. Most prevalent are the Ancistrus sp. which includes common bristle nose in long or short fin, albino bristle nose in long or short fin, marbled bristle nose in long or short fin, orange spot bristle nose, peppermint bristle nose and more recently L144 which is a lemon coloured bristle nose with black or blue eyes in either long or short fin varieties. The ancistrus are usually the beginners sort of pleco as they are reasonably easy to keep and to breed. They are herbivores meaning they will nibble on soft driftwood, algae, algae wafers and vegetables. They are not fussy on water pH and can usually tolerate quite a range between 6 to 8. Most ancistrus grow up to around 15cm with a few cheeky peppermint gluttons sometimes getting up to 17.5cm. Baryancistrus going alphabetically in the genus is next. This one is also a herbivore and much more suited to experienced pleco keepers as these fish are much more rare in Australia and expensive to buy. They include L200 high fin sometimes called green phantoms and L018/L085 with L081 all being called golden nugget plecos. Their pH range is a lower 5 to 7.5 and grow 20cm-35cm. Dekeyseria brachyura/Zonancistrus also known as L168 , Butterfly pleco, Peckoltia pulcher is the only pleco on the legal importation list for Australia. This makes it easy for fish shops to import and prices tend to be reasonable for an L number. They grow to 13 to 15cm and are omnivores meaning they eat quite a range of fish foods including vegetables, food tabs, frozen foods and flake foods. Glyptoperichthys species include Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps in albino or plain and are affectionately called Gibby or sail fin pleco for short. Its L numbers are L165 and L083. Its size range is 50 to 60cm and it requires quite a large tank with good filtration so not a pleco to buy light heartedly as a cute little juvenile without some planning on how and where to keep it into adulthood. There is also a Pterygoplichthys joselimalanus L001, L022 usually called gold spot sail fin which grows a little smaller at 40-50cm but that's still quite a size. They are all omnivores who enjoy vegetable foods as well as pleco tabs and eat pretty much any fish foods. PH range is a neutral 7 down to about 5. There are other Glyptoperichthys species which can tolerate a pH up to 8 but they are less readily available in Australia. Hemiancistrus genus are the more common L128 or blue phantom and the more rare L200 subviridis or green phantom. They are both herbivores and should be fed predominantly vegetables and algae tabs. The water pH range is 5.5 to 7.5 and will grow to 20-25cm. Hypancistrus genus is probably the most popular pleco in Australia after the Ancistrus and there are quite a number available. Some varieties you may find are L129 or caramel zebra, L066 king tiger pleco, L201 angel pleco, L260 queen arabesque pleco, L270 chocolate zebra, L333 yellowish king tiger pleco and L046 zebra pleco. All are omnivores with younger ones eating much more vegetable sorts of foods than the adults who like a bit more frozen foods and meatier food tabs. Ph ranges are 5.5 to 7.5 which is quite the common range for most all plecos. Sizes range from the smallest being the zebra pleco L046 8-9cm to the L066 and L333 growing to 14-15cm (much like the ancistrus bristle nose). Leporacanthicus is a small genus of four plecos. Two of which can be found in Australia. One is the galaxias L007/L029 Galaxy pleco or vampire pleco (yup they got fangs) and the other is the joselimai L264 sultan pleco which I think should be renamed the sultana pleco since its a grey background with black sultana spots. The vampire can grow to 30cm but breeding has been achieved with stock half that size and the Sultan grows 15 to 20cm. These are both carnivores who like to eat crustaceans, frozen foods and meatier food tabs. They will quite likely eat your shrimp in the tank. Despite the carnivore tag, they eat a range of foods rather like the omnivores. Good luck getting them to take on vegetables though. Panaqolus/Panaque are called wood eaters and love chewing on soft driftwood. They will also eat vegetables and algae tabs. These include L104 clown pleco (often mistakenly imported as L168 ), L002 tiger pleco, L204 flash pleco, and L397. They range in size from 10cm to 15cm enjoy a pH of 5.5 to 7.5 with the L104 and L204 liking it even up to pH8. Panaque are the bigger sized wood eaters and can range up to 40 - 60cm. They are usually horizontally striped sorts and include the Royal pleco L190, L027, L191, L203 and L330. Most all like a pH of 6 to 8. Peckolita are another popular genus kept in Australia and include the braueri, brevis LDA78, L015, the popular compta L134 or leopard frog pleco, L135 worm-line pleco, L202, L278, L387, and L377. These are all omnivores meaning they eat just about anything with the younger ones liking a bit of vegetables far more than the older ones who like it a bit more meaty. Some like ph 5 to 7 and some like it 6 to 8 so its best to research a bit more of a particular one. Size range is 10 to 15cm depending on the species. Pseudacanthicus are not readily available but on occasion they include leopard cactus pleco, and scarlet cactus pleco. The leopard size range is 30-40cm and the scarlet around the same. Both are carnivores meaning they like a little more meat in the diet like frozen bloodworm and shrimp for example. They are called cactus plecos as when they get to adults they are very coarse and spiky to handle. Scobiancistrus there is usually only one available the L014 sunshine pleco. Similar in size, diet and water requirements as the cactus plecos. If I have missed out any plecos available in Australia please add it in.
  11. Few months back Few Weeks Back Week or 2 ago - hard to catch on glass Just tonight.
  12. Would a fully grown l001 live happily in a 4x2x2 tank with well placed hiding spots that gives lots of floor space?
  13. Are Zebra pleco's available for sale in Australia??
  14. Got him today - havent seen one in this colour before & i quite like it. Any idea what kind he is? cheers
  15. i have just bought a common pleco he/she is about 4-5cm long in a 2ft tank. i was wondering what fish i could put in with it or should i wait till its about 4-5inches before i can put some fish in with it. i would like to put some electric blues and yellows in the tank.
  16. Hey guys can someone please ID my pleco's sorry the pictures arn't good quality. #1 #2
  17. anyones thoughts on these fish together the cat is 25cm n pleco 15cm
  18. As you see by the pics, I have a mature male and female and one juvenile (3 pics) short fin bristlenose. I've always assumed they were common, but as you can see by the pics, they have a marbling look to them. I'm looking for confirmation as to what type they are. Thanks!
  19. Did a vid on some new bubs coming through.
  20. Albino and normal coloured pleco - Pets, other pets - Gumtree Brisbane Region They can't be serious!!!!
  21. Bought this labelled gold spot pleco from a lfs just wondering if it is or not? EDIT: also what L number is it? Cheers Sean
  22. Hello everyone! Never owned a pleco before i am getting one soon its just i don't know what type to choose? Things im looking for in a pleco: - Looks good - Size needs to be between 12-17cm (when fully grown, want to buy it at around 2-3 inch) - Is it compatible with GT's and JD's (it will have the whole floor and lots of room) - Price range $0 - $30 - Is there breeders of that kind in QLD that have a supply - Will be able to buy/pickup in around 3-4 weeks Other info is also appreciated! Thanks! Sean.
  23. hey guys i have a new sailfin and one of my africans have nippled at its side fin and i can now see the bone on with no fin at all. Will this repair or will the pleco die due to this? Help please
  24. So im not really up on the L's for plecos, im assuming the one ive got is just a plain pleco, but would like some idea of what type it is,and maybe what sex it is. Thanks
  25. Hey guys, Now I've put this in here as I'm not sure if it is an 'issue' or not just yet. I've got a 40cm sailfin pleco that I've had for over 2 years know, he's a fairly active guy who eats like a horse (so a typical sailfin plec) Now about a week ago he started a bit of an odd colour change. He began getting very blotchy and becoming a very light yellowish colour and now, has undergone a full 100% change, his entire body is at least 50-70% lighter and more yellow then he was previously. Now before everybody jumps on the bandwagon to say that its normal for a pleco to change colour - I realize this. He has been moved from a few different tanks with a range of substrates in the time I've had him (playsand, black gravel, river sand, to now black bare bottom) and he has always changed colour according to his mood and substrate. But this is different, he's been in this tank for over a year and never changed colour anything even close to this. Nothing has changed in the tank for months. He's eating normally, active like always and no signs of ill health (no heavy breathing, no sunken stomach) The other thing to note is when looking closely at him, in the yellow areas he has developed tiny black dots all over his body, these are not external (don't seem parasitic as its too uniform) and seem very much apart of this colour change. The dots are smaller then a grain of sand each and less then 2mm apart. These dots could have been there the entire time and only noticeable now that he's lighter in colour - not sure? Any suggestions, opinions or references? PH: 7.6 Amm: 0ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate: 25ppm
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