What is it?

Discussion in 'ALL OTHER FISH' started by Mac-b, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. Mac-b

    Mac-b Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Karl Emerson, a fishing buddy of mine found this fish floating close to a dock. It has a sucker type mouth. Look at photo's and let us know. Thanks
     
  2. Big Dav

    Big Dav New Member

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    Looks like something some one dumped from there fish tank at home.
     

  3. Mac-b

    Mac-b Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    More photo's for your consideraton.
     
  4. mudkip

    mudkip New Member

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    I know what that is.

    It is a Plecostomas. That is a fish from South America commonly sold in pet stores to act as a vacuum cleaner for fish tanks. I think it is close relative of catfish family. They get pretty big.
     
  5. Big Dav

    Big Dav New Member

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  6. tigman

    tigman New Member

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    Mac, that fish looks similar to an alge eater from an aquarium. Maybe someone dumped their pets.
     
  7. SSgt Fishslayer

    SSgt Fishslayer New Member

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    yeah it definately looks like an "algae eater" that peoplee put in their fish tanks. i think they are related to catfish and carp.
     
  8. Ulikedew

    Ulikedew New Member

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    I have one in my fishtank its an algae eater.
     
  9. ratkinson

    ratkinson New Member

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    You nailed it brother. They frequently live long enough to get to big for peolples fish tank set ups so they decide to "set them free". Which usually results in someone finding it in a lake or stream and going...."what the heck is this?"
     
  10. 72hdflh

    72hdflh New Member

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    Definately a Plecostamus.
     
  11. lakeside

    lakeside New Member

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    yea thats what it is I have two that i've had for about 15 years and they're both over 30 inches long
     
  12. crazfish

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    IT'S A PLECOSTAMUS, I USED TO HAVE THEM IN MY AQUARIUM A FEW YEARS BACK AND ARE KNOWN TO GET UP TO 16-18 INCHES LONG IN AQUARIUMS AS FAR AS I'VE SEEN. THEY ARE SOLD IN ALL PET STORES AND THEY ARE THE MOST COMMONLY KNOWN TROPICAL ALGAE EATERS. THEYHELP KEEP THE ALGAE OFF THE GLASS AND ALL. NOT 100 PERCENT EFFECTIVE BUT THEY DO HELP.
     
  13. PHLIPS4BIGKATS

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    That is a pacaustamus. that is fresh water allgey eater. My spelling not right but you get the idea.
     
  14. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    From South America??????

    Dang!!!

    How many dams did it have to cross to get here?!?!?!?! :tounge_out:
     
  15. tomflatcat

    tomflatcat New Member

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    Yup, that's a pleco. I used to have some. They get pretty big.
     
  16. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    It's actually Plecostomus hippostomus, which are from the Amazon basin in SA. There are several species of Pleco. that are imported for the basis of aquarium fish, as they tend to eat a lot of vegitation. P. gibbiceps is another good on, but they are noticeable more "reverse spotted" and have a much hight dorsal fin, gaining them the nail of "Sailfin Pleco".

    A lot of local people use them for koi and goldfish ponds, but need to brought indoors because the water temps in the winter will kill them quick!
     
  17. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    Yeah.... Definitely would make a nice flathead bait. Whatever it is.
     
  18. willcat

    willcat New Member

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    I catch em in my cast net here @ calaveras, and they get pretty big here as well!!
     
  19. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Looks like a dead fish to me. :tounge_out:

    Better cut it up and use it as chum. Seems to be more useful that way.
     
  20. stinkbaitman

    stinkbaitman New Member

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    yea, algea eater for sure.