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#1 Bex

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 05:05 PM

I have just bought a Green Phantom Pleco. Can't find much info about them but he is totally awesome! :hyper:

Not cheap mind - £42!!!

Been advised he will only get to about 8" max. He is bright green with white spots and tall fin. Can't post a pic as camera is broken.

ANy info would be great or any other pics to share.

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 05:12 PM

OMG Bex - I'm so jealous, we're hoping to get a Green Phantom (L200 I think) when we get the bigger tank. They grow a bit bigger than Blue Phantoms, maxing out at 10" I think. Hang on while I get some links for you (and leg it to your house to nick him)...

Here we go:

http://www.plecofana...ead.php?t=17708 - a thread on PF about them (ight be worth joining there as they're fab for info)

http://www.planetcat...ianci/223_F.PHP

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 05:19 PM

Nice one KathyM - been hunting for info. ALso seen the next tank we are gonna get - a 330l! :hyper:

Just couldn't resist him! He is sooooo amazing! Found a very good LFLS with very knowledgable people. Feel very safe taking their advice.

Been on PFS but they have no info! They are asking for info! HE is already the pride of my tank and can't wait to bigger one so he can grow to his potential! :wub:

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 05:39 PM

I'm so so jealous :-( :lol: My LFS refuses to order in L numbers, so I can only buy online and pay huge amounts for delivery on top. Trimar's probably my best bet, but their HORRIBLE site crashes my IE every time I try and load it, I should email them and whinge *lmao*.

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 07:59 PM

That's a shame! :( Just found out our LFS can get quite a few rare ones -there were a couple of Blue Phantoms as well.

If you have any Wyevale Garden Centres near you they might be able to get you one? Haven't liked most garden centre places but this one really seems very good. They seem to know their stuff.

As soon as I can get a picture I'll post him so you can see how awesome he is! :D

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 09:18 PM

They are lovely plecos - but far too shy for their beauty :/ How big is yours ?
Wholesale Tropicals had some stunning 4" ones a few weeks ago for £30 (which I think is a bargain) - but I don't currently have the space :-(

Post a piccie when you can :good:

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 09:24 PM

I'm so so jealous :-( :lol: My LFS refuses to order in L numbers, so I can only buy online and pay huge amounts for delivery on top. Trimar's probably my best bet, but their HORRIBLE site crashes my IE every time I try and load it, I should email them and whinge *lmao*.


try tingley tropicals on the A650, they normally have some lovely L numbers, also Pets at home on York Rd in Leeds had phantoms the other week and I got a royal from there :D

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Posted 22 May 2006 - 10:19 PM

Thanks you lot. I've got over my baby paddy now *lol*. I've had some advice on PF and it looks like we could add an L200 (Green Phantom), L128 (Blue Phantom) or L81 (Gold Nugget) to our setup once we have filtration sorted (2 good powered internals at the mo but we're going external soon).

Bloo - Trimar have Green Phantoms for £22. It doesn't say how big they are but I think that's a blimmin' bargain too :D

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 07:13 AM

Louie is about 5" so I guess that's why he was quite expensive but he's got really great markings!

He wasn't all that shy yesterday. Was swimming around loads and seems to like my moss balls. He looks great when he's on one so when our camera's working I'll trya nd get him on one.

He's hiding at the moment but I'm gonna try and coax him out with some cucumber later.

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 07:19 AM

Love the name! Can't wait to see pics :D

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 07:57 AM

Yeah he's great. He was actually reduced at the LFS - the Blue Phantom and I think there was a royal as well are selling for £60!!! Poor little guy had been packaged in with some nasty fin nippers so his tail and dorsal are a little on the scraggy side (definitely not fin rot as he's been at the LFS for a few months and I did ask about it. I've seen fin rot as well looks totally different) Poor Louie is a little battle scarred!

I know, £42 is still expensive for a less than perfect fish but I had Veronica from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory syndrome, you know "I want it NOW!" Couldn't resist him. :blush:

LFS has assured me they aren't buying from the place anymore. Can't remember what fish he was packaged with but they weren't community fish. Poor Louie was the last one they had and he looked lonely!

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 08:43 AM

LOL - how big was the royal? I'd expect him to be fairly big for that price, like Louie.

Anyhoo, where are the pics woman? :drool:

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 08:46 AM

Most plecs seem to be "less shy" for the first week or so. Once they've really checked out the tank and know who's who in tank and find a nice home / cave, you'll rarely see it. So enjoy while you can :good:

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 08:50 AM

LOL you haven't met De Niro - he pretends to be scared but he's a showoff really. So's the little BN :D

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 08:53 AM

My camera is broken so I can't get any pics yet! :no:

(My hubby is a tv aerial man and thought he'd take a pic of a nice view - then dropped it off a 3 storey building! Doh!)

Desperate to get pics of him and shouldn't be too hard as he's quite lively. Got a really cool cave for him - half a cocnut shell covered in Java Moss - really natural - but he seems to prefer hanging on the Moss balls.

My hubby is supposed to be getting a new ohone today so might be able to get a snap of him on that if it's any good.

Watch this space - King Louie is coming! LMAO! :lol:

The Royal was a big boy - about 6 1/2 " but gorgeous!!!! Think the price is scaring people off! If I had a credit card I'd spent a lot of money yesterday! lol

Edited by Bex, 23 May 2006 - 08:55 AM.


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Posted 23 May 2006 - 09:04 AM

Yeah he's great. He was actually reduced at the LFS - the Blue Phantom and I think there was a royal as well are selling for £60!!! Poor little guy had been packaged in with some nasty fin nippers so his tail and dorsal are a little on the scraggy side (definitely not fin rot as he's been at the LFS for a few months and I did ask about it. I've seen fin rot as well looks totally different) Poor Louie is a little battle scarred!

I know, £42 is still expensive for a less than perfect fish but I had Veronica from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory syndrome, you know "I want it NOW!" Couldn't resist him. :blush:

LFS has assured me they aren't buying from the place anymore. Can't remember what fish he was packaged with but they weren't community fish. Poor Louie was the last one they had and he looked lonely!



£60 for a Blue Phantom?? Thats insane, My Not-SO-LFS sells them for around £30, and they are about 3" If I remember correctly, their length.

Lovely fish, and just for the record :D I'd go with a blue over a green :D

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 09:08 AM


Yeah he's great. He was actually reduced at the LFS - the Blue Phantom and I think there was a royal as well are selling for £60!!! Poor little guy had been packaged in with some nasty fin nippers so his tail and dorsal are a little on the scraggy side (definitely not fin rot as he's been at the LFS for a few months and I did ask about it. I've seen fin rot as well looks totally different) Poor Louie is a little battle scarred!

I know, £42 is still expensive for a less than perfect fish but I had Veronica from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory syndrome, you know "I want it NOW!" Couldn't resist him. :blush:

LFS has assured me they aren't buying from the place anymore. Can't remember what fish he was packaged with but they weren't community fish. Poor Louie was the last one they had and he looked lonely!



£60 for a Blue Phantom?? Thats insane, My Not-SO-LFS sells them for around £30, and they are about 3" If I remember correctly, their length.

Lovely fish, and just for the record :D I'd go with a blue over a green :D



Yeah these guys are twice the size though - about 6 1/2" and really prominant markings. Louie is about 5". We had real trouble deciding between the blue and green phantoms - was in there doing eeny meeny for about 1 hr!!!



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Posted 23 May 2006 - 09:47 AM

TBH I'm going to go against you Studz on this - I prefer the Greens - mainly because the Blue Phantom has been photoshopped to within an inch of it's life on most pics I've seen, and I've heard they lose what little "blue" colour they have over time anyway. I'm willing to have my mind changed, but having sought advice on another board, and having discussed things with the OH, I think we're going to go for an L81 Gold Nugget after all *lmao*.

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 09:54 AM

I have to say - the blues in the LFS are not youngsters and I was struggling to see whyt they were called blue - when you see the green it is very obvious. I then saw one on PFS and he was almost bright blue!

Each to their own I s'pose! :D

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 10:02 AM


Yeah he's great. He was actually reduced at the LFS - the Blue Phantom and I think there was a royal as well are selling for £60!!! Poor little guy had been packaged in with some nasty fin nippers so his tail and dorsal are a little on the scraggy side (definitely not fin rot as he's been at the LFS for a few months and I did ask about it. I've seen fin rot as well looks totally different) Poor Louie is a little battle scarred!

I know, £42 is still expensive for a less than perfect fish but I had Veronica from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory syndrome, you know "I want it NOW!" Couldn't resist him. :blush:

LFS has assured me they aren't buying from the place anymore. Can't remember what fish he was packaged with but they weren't community fish. Poor Louie was the last one they had and he looked lonely!



£60 for a Blue Phantom?? Thats insane, My Not-SO-LFS sells them for around £30, and they are about 3" If I remember correctly, their length.

Lovely fish, and just for the record :D I'd go with a blue over a green :D

I think it was meant the Royal was £60 - not the Blue Phantom - but even if it was the Blue Phantom too, for a large 6" one or so it's not unreasonable. They are fairly slow growers - so not so insane if it was for a nice size specimen. My lfs also sells them at £32.50 for a 4" specimen.

Personally I prefer the Green Phantoms - not the blue ;) The blues are a lot duller :P

Edited by Bloo, 23 May 2006 - 10:04 AM.





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