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#1 onemisterchristian

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 11:52 PM

Lately I've seen tons of topics asking about small plecos. So, I decided to compile a short list of plecos that are under 8". I got all of this info from planet catfish. These are just the most commonly viewed Loricariidae species from planet catfish. They are by no means a definitive list or probably anywhere near that. Just some suggestions. Enjoy.

1. Flash Pleco, L204- 5.2" 130mm
2. Imperial Pleco, Zebra Pleco, L046, L098, L173- 3.2" 80mm
3. Clown Pleco, Ringlet Pleco, L104, L162, LDA22- 4" 100mm
4. Queen Arabesque Pleco L260~ 5" 125mm
5. King Tiger Pleco, Network Pleco, Scribbled Pleco, L066- 4.8" 120mm
6. Leopard Frog Pleco, L134 4.4" 110mm
7. Bristlenose Catfish, Common Bristlenose Catfish, L?- 5" 125mm
8. Green Pleco, Lemon spotted Green Pleco, L200- 7.2" 180mm
9. Starlight Bristlenose Catfish, L183- 4.0" 100mm
10. Para Pleco, L075, L124, L301, LDA02- 6" 150mm
11. Hypancistrus sp. ,L333- 6" 150mm
12. Butterfly Pleco, Flounder Pleco, L168- 5.6" 140mm
13. Hemiancistrus sp. L128- 7.2" 180mm (Apparently some have seen this plec. reach 9 inches anyone else want to 2nd that?)
14. Tiger ''Peckoltia'', L002, L074- 4" 100mm
15. Candy Striped Pleco, L015- 4" 100mm
16. Glyptoperichthys joselimaianus, L001, L022- 8" 200mm
17. Angelicus Pleco, Portel Angelicus Pleco, L004, L005, L028, L073- 4" 100mm
18. Chocolate Zebra Pleco, L270, L307, LDA76- 4" 100mm
19. Medusa Pleco, L034- 8" 200mm
20. Spotted Medusa Pleco, L255- 8" 200mm
21. Dekeyseria sp., Butterfly Pleco, Flounder Pleco L052- 4.8" 120mm
22. Pitbull Plec LDA25 - 2" 50mm
23. Brown Dot Peckoltia, L006- 4" 100mm
24. Leopard Peckoltia, L008- 3.2" 80mm
25. Ancistrini sp. L016-6" 150mm
26. Snowball Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.) L102- 6.4" 160mm
27. Spotted Orange Seam Pleco L106- 6" 150mm
28. Hypancistrus sp. L129- 2.8" 70mm
29. Spectracanthicus sp. L254- 4.4" 110mm
30. Panaque sp. L306, LDA64- 4.8" 120mm

(If you know of any other plecos that are under 8 inches that I haven't mentioned, then by all means add to the list. mods please correct me if any of this information is incorrect.)

Edited by onemisterchristian, 03 June 2006 - 07:35 AM.


#2 SirMinion

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 06:22 AM

How very useful.
Thank you.

#3 ghent_3rd

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 12:13 PM

This is just the topic that I needed for new tank. Thanks very much!!

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 04:08 PM

That list is a godsend onemisterchristian! :D

I'm looking to stocking a couple of plecos in the near future.

Your time and effort is much appreciated! :D :D

Edited by TF Keeper UK, 28 March 2006 - 11:35 PM.


#5 onemisterchristian

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 06:21 PM

I've been looking into small plecos anyways; so I'm glad my research could be of some assistance. :nod:

#6 Teelie

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 06:39 PM

Butterfly Pleco, Flounder Pleco, L052 (Different species from the L168) 4.8"

I know there are several more but there are so many common names and species it's hard to find the right info. I think Blizzard Cactus Plecs stay around 5" but I'm not positive on that.

#7 nightowl2912

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 09:57 PM

thank u i will find that a lot of help

#8 Pieman

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 10:01 PM

Of course I would thank you for this but a few weeks ago I searched hundreds of plecos on planet catfish :P

Nice job anyways :)

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 12:05 AM

The L034 and L255 both reach 8" as well :)

#10 onemisterchristian

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 05:27 AM

Thanks Bloozoo and Teelie, they have been added. Any other suggestions?

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 01:37 PM

Pitbull Plec (LDA25) - 2" max

most 'brands' of Hypancistrus wont pass 5"

#12 onemisterchristian

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 03:15 AM

Thanks smithrc, I knew you would show up sooner or later. ;)

#13 smithrc

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 05:30 PM

Thanks smithrc, I knew you would show up sooner or later. ;)


Its a great post - Wish I'd seen it sooner :)

#14 onemisterchristian

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 07:06 PM

Added a few more on there.

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 10:11 PM

Snowball Pleco, L102,
6.4" 160mm

#16 somethingfishie

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Posted 27 March 2006 - 10:28 PM

could you get this pinned? so I can find it agan in a hurry... great list

forget that. is pinned!! not my day ...... :S

Edited by somethingfishie, 27 March 2006 - 10:29 PM.


#17 smithrc

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 11:23 PM

I feel we need too keep an eye on the common names - I've just seen the "snowball" in the list - unfortunately this is a common name for a few plecs - not to mention the LDA33 that can get to 12"...

Can we rely on accurate L numbering though ??

Edited by smithrc, 02 April 2006 - 10:37 PM.


#18 onemisterchristian

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 03:46 AM

Sorry about that. I tried to ammend that as best as possible. Hope that I clarified it a bit. Common names are generally the root of confusion. That's why the L #'s are there. But then again, how often are fish misnumbered? Hopefully good judgement and good LFS's can be relied upon. :/

Edited by onemisterchristian, 29 March 2006 - 03:47 AM.


#19 metfan581

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 01:16 AM

if you can have a quick index like a small pic for each one that will be sooo cool

#20 onemisterchristian

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 05:42 AM

Maybe, I'm not sure if the mods would appreciate thirty small pics worth of bandwith. Not to mention I would have to get permission for thirty different pics.




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