butterfly plecs

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has anyone got a butterfly plec, only i saw some yesterday they were
babys about one and a half inches long real cute they were
just wondering if they were easy fish to keep, :thumbs:
 

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If you can post a pic i might be able to help as im not familiar with this particular Pleco????????????? :S
 
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hi pete,
stlll trying to sort out a digi camera so can't take pics yet.
it looks like a miniture stingray it's a mockely brown it's under side
was almost transparent and i could see its little heart beating.
but they were really cute in a strange sort of way. :thumbs: :thumbs:
 

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Hi,
saw some of these on Saturday and had a chat about them. Two things you need to know:
1. They are cold water plecs.
2. They grow *large*.

They were being sold for people with ponds and very large goldfish tanks.
 
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hi alien anne,
cold water. the guy had them in tropical tank's with the tropical fish,
could it be there's cold & tropical butterfly plecs, i wonder. :thumbs:
 

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;) My info on butterfly pl*cs. Same as tiger pl*c, L052, L168 also sometimes known as flounder pl*c. S. American grows up to 5" acid pH. Anna you may be thinking of the hillstream loach aka butterfly pl*c sold as algae eaters for coldwater tanks, grows up to 6" depending on species. I'm afraid common names are very confusing and what one lfs calls a fish may be totaly different to the next. If you can get a Latin name i.d. is no problem. Hope this helps slt. :thumbs: Mac.
 

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Hi Macquatic,
you are so right about common names! They are so confusing.

The "butterfly" plecs I saw looked very like fat sting-rays and although they were about 4" long when I saw them, I was informed that they can grow to several feet long! So obviously they are not "hillstream loach" either, but something else entirely.

They were fresh water fish, suitable for out-door ponds and buyers were being discouraged from buying them for tanks (even large tanks). The one thing that my LFS drives me mad about is not using Latin names for things!

I'll see if I can identify my "butterfly plecs" for you, FYI.
 
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thanks macquatic & alien anne,
there was no latin name on these fish only the common name,
but i shall go back to the shop and enquire further info on them,
also ask my local dealer if he can identify the fish, as he is very knowlegable
when i've found out i will let you no. :thumbs: :thumbs:
 
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got the latin name today
gastronyson boreneensis, :thumbs: :thumbs:
 

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:) Gastromyzon Borneensis is a hillstream loach from S.E.Asia/Borneo. Grows to 10cm (4") and inhabits fast flowing streams, hence its compressed shape. Feeds on small invertebrates and algae from the bottom and can be kept in tropical temps. as long as it is not too warm. :thumbs: Mac.
 

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You got it Mac lol

Funny lookin little criters aint they lol :p :rolleyes: :lol:
 

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I just found a pic of one of these critters and i must say they look cool! i shall be off to lfs to see if anyone has one....... not sure what kinda price i should be paying! I reckon one of you guys/gals could throw a price at me lol :fun: :D :) :unsure: :p :fun:
 
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cryosi they were on sale for £2.95 :thumbs:
i went back and got one today he's so cool. :fun: :fun:
 

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B) Yea, nice fish but they like a good flow and highly oxygenated water to prosper. :thumbs: Mac.
 
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my tank's got 2 internal filters with good air flow plus a 12 inch air wand,
he's already doing a good job on the algae, but i got some algae waffers
today & put some in'he's a lovely fish it's fascinnating waching him
move around, move's really comicaly, :thumbs:
 

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