So i've had this pleco almost two years now and i got it from my school who had a sudden breeding surge of their plecos for (as far as they were concerned) no reason. So i had 5 and unfortunately 4 passed away within the first year (they were my first-not feeder-fishes) but this one is amazing!
Well now i'm having trouble with the species, it is full grown (im assuming since its two years old) at about 2-3 inches, but has absolutely NO bristles anywhere on its face. Now i understand females have less, but would they have none? Then i thought it was a rubber but it has spots instead of the "stripes" of a rubber.
So now to pictures, i had to take it out of the water to do this (don't worry it was not harmed in this process and i was as fast as possible) but the pictures are lacking due to using a cell camera with nothing else available. But to describe as best as i can.
- Dark body color with almost yellow spots which are most prominent on the face
no bristles on nose or around the mouth area
stomach is also spotted
scales are very defined (much like the striping on a rubber)
Also, if it is a bristlenose it must be a female, but if not then is there a way to sex a rubber lip?
And for tank mates it is in with crayfish (the claws are rubber banded), a young red tail cat, mollies, platies, guppies and goldfish along with snails. For breeding i was planning to set up a separate tank just for my breeding plecs and possibly fry from my live-bearers and then a couple snails (maybe), is this alright?
And would clay substrate in the breeding tank help/hinder breeding? I read about it somewhere but figured i'd ask here.
(i may move this last part to another section....)