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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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#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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#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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#22513 Spring Means.....

Posted by CanadaPleco on 21 March 2017 - 11:10 PM

Well its officially spring now, and Im sure in many parts (at least maybe the GTA) you have spring flowers poking through the ground.  Well just a few hours north we still have at least a foot of snow, but the sap is starting to run!  Which means.... MAPLE SYRUP TIME!  WHOOOOOOO......


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#22333 Royal F

Posted by matt on 12 February 2017 - 07:27 PM

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My 2 Royal Farawellos
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#21754 Just back at it

Posted by cjerrom on 24 October 2016 - 02:15 PM

Thank you guys - I can only say thanks for all of your support! Discus will be added in the new year as I am working on getting more wild angel stocks up and as Lukan knows I had a set back with a really nice group of large Altums that were supposed to head his direction! Wild discus should be coming in January with red cupeira, heckels, green spotted and hopefully some new wild types from other countries.

I will start posting pics shortly and try and get my website updated to make this a simpler process as well. More to come!
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#21731 Just back at it

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

See page 3 for current list
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#20075 AngelFins

Posted by carkichi on 25 February 2015 - 12:27 AM

I have bought from them several times (via mail) and was never disappointed. The packages usually arrives within 2-3 days in good condition. The packing was excellent.

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#19942 Pleco researcher

Posted by rentedmule on 15 January 2015 - 08:06 PM

Hi all!


I'm a fish physiologist / biochemist and I've been sporadically working on Loricariids since about 2000 (Pterygoplichthys pardalis and P. gibbceps). I'm based out of Canada but travel to Manaus, Brazil every now and then to work on catfish in the Amazon. I mainly focus on cardiorespiratory physiology and metabolism but I'm also just generally interested in armored catfish biology. They have some pretty unique adaptations for surviving harsh environments.


I'd eventually like to start doing some work with them in Canada and this looks like a great spot to both find fish and learn how to hold and maintain them.



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#19451 African - Makobe and Kyoga and Brazilian Retroculus

Posted by cjerrom on 03 September 2014 - 05:14 PM

May 8, 2016

Retroculus lapidifer 3.5"- 45.00ea (5)
Kyoga Flamebacks cichlids-3"-3.25"-25.00ea (5 in total-3 males/2females)
Makobe cichlids - pundamilia nayererei - 4"-30.00ea (6 in total- 2 males/4 females)

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#18807 Hamilton Spring Show & Auction 2014

Posted by Bwhiskered on 15 March 2014 - 05:31 PM

Hamilton is holding it's Spring show and auction Saturday March 22 at the Waterdown Legion Hall. That is less than a week away. Hope to see everyone there. Everyone is welcome to buy sell or show. For all forms and information visit our web site at  http://hdas.ca/event.../spring-auction

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#18763 L340 or L129

Posted by Splak on 25 February 2014 - 02:21 AM

I have a issue here, I've been looking to buy some L340s for a while and havn't come across them. I was at BA Ham today and saw a tank of whats labelled as L129. Upon closer look, a few of them (2-3) seemed to resemble my L340 A LOT. I snapped some pictures and compared them to mine and they look like L340. 

L129 and L340 seem to look the same from what I've searched online. So, I was wondering if anyone can confirm what they are, hopefully soon as I don't want to risk them selling to someone else XD


Pictures of suspects in question(all the pleco's in the tank are said to be L129, I think they might of gotten a mixxed batch of fish):


Thanks for the help!

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#18648 Gary Lange Dinner

Posted by Bwhiskered on 12 February 2014 - 02:14 PM

Is anyone going to hear Gary Lange?



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#22914 Pseudacanthicus vs royal

Posted by Chouin on 11 October 2017 - 04:54 PM

Very Nice L25 and L27 !

Yeah, small pleco seem to fight more often/longer than big ones.

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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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#22660 L25 out for some food

Posted by Dis on 06 May 2017 - 11:50 AM


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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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