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#17986 Handling Your Plecos

Posted by Samantha on 03 November 2013 - 12:31 AM

How do you catch your plecos?  Small ones with a net?  Okay what about the big ones - with a net too?  How do you know how to handle them/pick them up?  I've seen many pictures with a pleco held between two fingers by its mouth and head and a then also by their top fin.  Is there any set rule?

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#18811 Brilliant Ancistrus L184 Breeding

Posted by Rush2112 on 16 March 2014 - 01:46 PM

These are some of my young L184 plecos.


I have found this strain to be more difficult to breed than other bushy nose types. They spawn infrequently with small batches and the fry are very sensitive to raise.


Now if my LDA08 (Ancistrus Claro) would breed that would be good news lol. 

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#22872 L273

Posted by kkaamm on 17 September 2017 - 09:09 PM

Have not shared pics for a long time。Here is one of my beloved plecos。

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#22652 Black Ram Up Date

Posted by Bwhiskered on 01 May 2017 - 07:02 PM

Here are pictures of the parents and the fry showing how they vary from a few solid back to normal. A fellow on a South African forum hand the same results but though selective breeding for the past year now has a pure black strain.

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#22462 Black Rams...

Posted by Bwhiskered on 14 March 2017 - 08:24 PM

I picked up a pair at Finatics almost 3 weeks ago.  The female is as black as the picture but the male is a bit lighter. I have about 50 fry now a week old. Hope to get a few solid black breeders from them. The strain is called Dark Knight.

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#22330 My Plecos

Posted by Thaile601 on 12 February 2017 - 06:47 PM

Updated few pictures of the L183 fry and the male was in the cave again for 2nd batch.

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#21731 Just back at it - Uncommon Plecos, Cories, Cichlids et al

Posted by cjerrom on 20 October 2016 - 03:42 AM


Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

September 16th, 2019


Plecos and catfish:

L177- Golden Nugget Large Spot-8-10cm- 55.00ea (4)

L134 – Leopard Frog Pleco-5-7cm- 70.00ea (8)

L142/LDA33 – Baryancistrus sp. Snowflake – 8-10cm- 70.00ea (4) 

L455 – Tiger Chaetostoma – Tiger Bulldog Pleco- 38.50ea (4)

L273 – Yellow Titanicus -2.5” – 180.00ea (1)

L397- Red Tiger Panaqolus-3.5”-150.00ea (10) – Breeding group M/F

L397- Red Tiger Panaqolus – 4.5”-185.00ea (3) – Breeding Males

L66 – King Tiger Pleco – 12cm-14cm- 65.00ea (12)

L471- Micranthicus sp. Big spot adults– 90.00ea (8)

L136b – white spotted Hypancistrus – 4-6cm-60.00ea (14)

L340 -Hypancistrus Mega Clown-4-5cm- 38.50ea (4)

L102 – Hypancistrus -12cm – 90.00ea (4)  

L400 – Hypancistrus – 6cm – 55.00ea (12)

L91- Lepracanthicus triactus-Three Beacon- 14-16cm- 75.00ea (2)

L236 –Whiter Hypancistrus -5cm – Germany- 155.00ea (3)

Synodontis decorus- 4”- 35.00ea (2)

Synodontis brichardi- xl -4-5”-60.00ea (2)

Synodontis angelicus-Large -4”-5”-60.00ea (4)

Microglanis poecillus- Bumblebee catfish- 1.5”-6.50ea (6)



Corydoras seussi-wild-lg- 27.00ea (8)

Corydoras gossei- wild -lg-25.00ea (10)

Corydoras pygmaeus -lg- 2.80ea (26)

Corydoras haraldschultzi – xl- 15.00ea (22)

Corydoras hastatus -med-4.00ea (86) 

Corydoras Sterbai- lrg-wild caught really red fins- 15.00ea (14)

Corydoras urucu/evelynae -sm/med– 20.00ea (20)

Corydoras incolicana – large- 28.00ea (12)

Corydoras venezualanus orange German bred- 10.00ea (30)

Corydoras Super Schwartzi Hi Fin CW28-xlg-30.00ea (14)

Corydoras Sterbai – xl adult breeding group – 17.00ea (7M/6F)

Black Cories – Lg – 14.00ea (6)

C. arcuatus – XL – 10.50ea (20) 

C. aeneus var. Puerto Maldonado – Lg- 16.00ea (10)

Green Laser Cories -med- 18.00ea (26)

C. knaacki-Lg – 18.00ea (13)

C. eques –Wild XL– 25.00ea (15)

CW146- Lg adults- 385.00ea (13- 7M/6F)



Apistogramma cacautoides dbl red – med/lg-12.50ea (4)

Biotoecus opercularis – wild lrg- 18.00ea (10)

Apistogrammoides pucallpense -12.50ea (6) – rarely seen!

Apistogramma norberti – 10.00ea (12- M/F)

Apistogramma agassizi double red – 20.00ea (5)

Apistogramma nijsseni – 18.00ea (2) 

German Blue Rams – large -16.00ea (16- 10M/6F)

Altum Angels- Medium -4”- 88.00ea (4)

Crenicichla sp. Regani (Orinoco) -med-Sexable-19.50ea (6)

Leopoldi Red Spots (Glaser) XL-6-8”– 54.00ea (6)

Santa Isabel Angels –Lg-4”- 65.00ea (6)

Manacupura Angels – XL-6-7”-50.00ea (4)

Peruvian Yellow and Blue Scalare – Lg-6”- 20.00ea (6)  


Tetras, Danios and Rainbows:

Hyphessobrycon pyrrhonotus- Flameback Bleeding Heart-6.50ea (20)

Nematobrycon lacortei – Rainbow Emperor – lrg- 8.00ea (12)  

Cardinal tetra- xl-show- German Bred-2.20ea (300 – 20@2.00ea, 50@1.85ea, 100@1.80ea

Orange Bolivian Tetra – Hyphessobryon pulchripinnis- 3.65ea (48)

Hyphessobrycon elachys–Tail Spot Tetra (found w/Hastatus cories)-4.50ea (50)

Moenkhausia agnesae- Redline– large tetra for cichlid tanks- 17.50ea (16)

Moenkhausia costae- 5.00ea (25) 

Puntius Odessa – Odessa Barb -4.25ea (12)

Hyphessobrycon copelandi- Sickle Highfin – 5.25ea (8)

Hyphessobrycon margitae- lg-4.75ea (6)

Megalamphodus roseus -Yellow Phantom Tetra-3.50ea (10) 

Danio kayhit fire-ring-Lg-6.50ea (10)

Danio aesculapi wild – 4.25ea (43)

Crimson Spotted Rainbow- M. duboulayi- Lg- 15.00ea (18)

Dwarf Neon Rainbow –M. praecox – Lg- 7.50ea (15)

Red Laser Rainbow – M. rubrovittata – Lg- 15.00ea (14)



Dario Dario sp. Red – lrg-5.00ea (28)

Yaoshania pachychilus – Black and White Panda Loach- 12.00ea (5)



X. andersi – very rare- German Bred –Loaded Females- 34.00ea (2- 1M/1F loaded female)

X. signum – German Bred F1’s- 12.50ea (6-1M/5F loaded females)

Platy Variatus – La Laguna German bred – xl – 14.00ea (30- M/F)- Glaser


Shrimp and Snails:

Caridina japonica – Amano Algae Eating Shrimp-lg/xl- 5.50ea (12)




Aponogeton boivinianus bulbs -5.00ea (8)

Aponogeton ulvaceus bulbs- 5.00ea (15)

Aponogeton Madagascar Lace Bulbs – 6.50ea (5)

Crypto. Balansae – med – 4.50ea (9)

Crypto. Pontederiifolia – 4.50ea (9)

Crypto. Wendtii Red ‘Mi Oya’-4.50ea (9)

Anubias nancon on driftwood – 32.00ea (1)

Anubias nana narrow leaf on driftwood – 32.00ea (2)

Java Fern on 2.5” x 3” mat-14.00ea (3)



Anubias Nancon 4” Mother Pot – 40.00ea (1)

Anubias frazeri- Potted – lrg- 19.00ea (2)

Pond Lilies – Potted Med –Red Attraction- 28.50ea (2)


Live Foods from Aquaflora – Holland!

Glassworms – 45ml- 4.50ea (7)

Whiteworms-45ml -4.50ea (9)

Red Bloodworms-45ml- 4.50ea (10)

Red Bloodworms – 180ml -5.50ea (14)

Daphnia moira-5.50ea (15)

Glassworms- 180ml- 5.50ea (8)


Frozen Foods from RUTO – Holland! Buy 3 get 1 Free! 

Red Bloodworms – 100g 20 Cube Streets- 4.50ea (45)

White Mosquito – 100g 20 Cube Sheets- 4.50ea (18)  

Black Mosquito – 100g-7.50ea -20 Cube Sheets (10)

Red Bloodworms – 500g sheet – 15.00ea (6)

Nano Mix- 100g – 20 cubes-5.00ea (2)

Cichlid Mix – 100g- 20 cube- 5.00ea (1)

Rotifer – 100gr- 24 cubes- (4) 6.00ea

Cyclops – 100gr- 24 cubes- (12) 6.00ea or 5 for 5.50ea or 10 for 4.85ea

Degen Brand- Baby Discus Menu-2 X 100g- 7.50ea (6)

Degen Brand- Bio Leaf Discus- 2 X 100g – 7.50ea (8)

Stendker Discus Food – 100g – 20 Cube Blister – 7.50ea (5)


Canadian Made Pleco Caves (Saskatoon, SK)

Dark Brown – Pinched Taper Ends – Thick walls!

1 ¾” X 1 ¾” x 5” Square Caves -9.00ea (7)

1 ½” x 2” x 6” Rectangular Caves – 10.00ea (7)

Shrimp Caves – ¾” Tubes

Singles – 5.00ea- (8)

Condos – 3 Caves – Triangle shape – 14.00ea – (2)

Condos – 6 Caves – Triangle shape – 20.00ea – (4)


Screwcumber- Stainless Steel spiral inserts for feeding plecos/bottom feeding fish.

Package of 2pcs – 8.00ea (17)

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#21692 Please help SEX!~! L46/L236

Posted by mike on 28 September 2016 - 09:29 AM

Hi, so I have been growing out my L236 for about 8 months now and they are all 3-3.5". I need help sexing them and hope I don't have all males :dumb: .


I also need help sexing my 2 L46 which I totally hope are not male as I already have 4 all males :( . The 2 L46 are at least 2.5"




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#20978 Downtime over the past few days

Posted by CanadaPleco on 21 December 2015 - 11:52 PM

Not sure why it went down the other day, but today Ive moved the site to a server located in TORONTO!  WHOOOO, back in Canada.


Should be transparent for everyone and hope everyone is looking forward to the holidays!

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#20385 Flower

Posted by Oldbear on 24 May 2015 - 01:09 PM

I have had these plants for over ten years and this is the first time it has bloom. very cool.

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#18318 Spawning Ancistrus aguaboensis

Posted by Bwhiskered on 07 January 2014 - 11:39 PM

Spawning Ancistrus aguaboensis [L-032]

by Charles Drew


I first got acquainted with Ancistrus aguaboensis early in 2013. It was imported by Rivers to Oceans [R2O] in Mississauga, Ontario. The owner Ryan LaLande had brought in a South American shipment and this small interesting Ancistrus was amongst a number of other plecos that arrived. They are a small black fish with small white dots. The dorsal and caudal fins unlike most other plecos are clear except for the fin rays which are black. This makes them easy to identify them from other species. The males have very heavy bristles on the head and nose whereas the females can have a few around the mouth or non at all. There size makes them an ideal fish as they stay just shy of four inches the female of mine is slightly smaller than my male. They come from the Rio Tocantins in Brazil and like the water 73 to 80 degrees F.


When I first took them home I placed them in a 30 gallon aquarium with some other fish. They did not seem very happy in that tank and sat day and night in the flow from the filter. They made me nervous for the fear of losing them so I moved them to a 65 gallon tank with an assortment of other pleco species. Here they adapted and thrived until fall when I found a 15 gallon tank to try and spawn them in. It was no special set up just an inch of gravel on the bottom a homemade slat cave and a chunk of driftwood. Oh yes also a clay saucer with a notch in it to give the female a place to feel secure. As for filtration I used a box filter and an AquaClear mini. They were fed blanched snow peas and Brussels Sprouts along with pellets and wafer. The female especially had a great fondness for frozen brine shrimp which may have helped her develop roe.


After a couple of weeks when they were well settled I started to play with the water and temperature. I started to do water changes using RO water. After a couple of changes I would go back to a change with tap water. This was not getting results so I played with the temperature raising it from the fish room temperature of about 75 to 80. After a week of this I pulled the plug on the heater and changed the water with RO and threw in a few Alder cones. A few days later they spawned. The male guarded the eggs carefully for 6 days. You could see them getting darker each day. Then the eggs were no more and even more down heartening there were no fry either. For some unknown reason he must have eaten the fry on hatching.


Another month or more went by and I followed the same procedure. Finally they spawned again but wouldn't you know it. It was the day before I was going away for three days. That left me a hard decision to make as to remove the eggs to a tumbler or leave them with my not so trust worthy male. If I remove them and a few eggs go bad they would destroy the whole clutch. Since I was not going to be there I decided that the male was a safer bet at least until I got back home. I arrived home late on the Sunday afternoon and the first thing I did was check the tank. Yes he was still looking after the eggs. Rather than take a chance on whether he would eat the fry again or not I removed them to an egg tumbler. In doing so I could see that there were at least ten egg shells indicating that he was either munching or had remove some bad eggs.


After three days in the tumbler and the eggs hatched. There were 14 fry that clung to the sides for another 7 days before they were ready to start feeding. They are presently in a tank with some Cherry Barb fry and are eating baby brine shrimp and crushed flake or any other food they can find. The tank has a sponge filter and a Red Sea nano filter for current. In the mean time the female is filling with eggs and hopefully will spawn again very soon.


At the time of submitting this article the male has looked after the third spawning and I can see hatched fry in his cave. I also found a lone fry presumably from the first spawn swimming happily in the parents tank.


The L-032 is a small and rare Ancistrus in our hobby and is not overly hard to spawn or raise.

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#23407 Blizzard Cactus Pleco

Posted by Bwhiskered on 24 January 2018 - 12:06 AM

Here is one of the young Blizzard Cactus Plecos that I bought at the OCA this fall.

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#23283 Happy New Year

Posted by Bwhiskered on 01 January 2018 - 12:09 AM

Happy New Year all my CanadaPleco friends. May 2018 bring you good health and happiness and lots of good pleco spawnings.

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#23016 Sold

Posted by tobalman on 10 November 2017 - 03:29 AM

Sold. Thank you for looking.

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#22995 L66 babies

Posted by kkaamm on 07 November 2017 - 01:54 PM

Took a few photos last nite。

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#22989 Water changes, how much is too much?

Posted by jimmy chonga on 06 November 2017 - 04:37 AM

Just something I've been wondering recently as I'm one of those people who is lucky enough to NOT have to pay utilities ie water or hydro on my house/apartment.


How much is too much?


I currently change 50% on both tanks once a week. My 125g is rather heavily stocked and I find the geos just need it


Would it be overkill to to do that 2-3 times a week? Is there a risk of crashing the beneficial bacteria in the filters? Potential chlorine damage to the fish?


I add water at tank temp, while adding prime


All the fish love it and are super active following wc. And just something to do at home during the cold winter months


So, can I change 50% 2-3 times a week, why or why not?




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#22932 A new fish food

Posted by Bwhiskered on 24 October 2017 - 10:45 PM

Nutrafin Bug bites is a new line of fish food. It contains Larva of the Black Soldier Fly. I bought a package at the auction last Sundays and am impressed at how well even my fussy plecos ate it. Do a search on Back Soldier Fly Larva and you will be surprised at how well they produce waste into protein for animal feed. 


I tried to post a picture of Bug Bites but it was not allowed.

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#22905 Pseudacanthicus vs royal

Posted by Dis on 08 October 2017 - 01:15 AM

Here is a short video from tonight. First time I've seen them go at it


Sent from my SM-N900W8 using Tapatalk

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#22738 Need help with Columnaris and mystery red sores!!

Posted by mike on 20 June 2017 - 07:43 AM

Ok, so my 50g has for some reason been attacked with 1 or more bacteria/diseases.

I have lost 6 L183s to Columnaris and 3-4 of my zebra plecos have these red round sores on the side of their heads. I cant seem to figure out what they are. I  had it once a few months back and dosed metro and it went away.


I was dosing metro for a week and that did not work and then used kanaplex and then dosing metro in the their food. I have not lost a fish yet since using kana plex. Fish seem to be doing a bit  better even the L183's that seem to be covered in the white stuff. I just dosed kanaplex/metroplex together as I read online you need both to kill this.


I still cannot figure out what these red sores on the side of the L46 heads are. Anyone have any idea on  how to treat this?

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#22731 Birthday

Posted by Bwhiskered on 15 June 2017 - 07:51 PM

Happy Birthday Rich. Have a great day and lots of them.


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