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deborah_claro
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PostPosted: 2007.08.05(Sun)16:57    Post subject: "True Blue" L239 Reply with quote

Here is my latest pleco, an unusual Blue Panaque.
When I found this beautiful fish, he was in a rainbowfish tank at the LFS, labeled "Blue pl*CO2."

Ancistrini sp. L239, the "Blue Panaque."

L239 is not a true Panaque species catfish, but an undetermined species of an ancistrine catfish, placed into the catch-all category of Ancistrini. The LFS guy told me he had no idea what the fish was eating, since he had "forgotten all about him" and, for more than three weeks, had only been feeding the mid-water swimmers. Despite all that, he'd lived in the same tank for weeks and seemed to be doing well.

So, now, I have him here at home, where he's living in a 20 gallon tank with a few small tetras, like Gymnocorymbus ternetzi, and a few livebearers. At first, he stayed out on the glass all day, but now he only does that at night, and by day has an awesome cave behind a piece of slate. The only other loricariid in the tank is an Otocinclus, who stays at the top in the floating plants, well out of the way. I don't anticipate any territorial problems, and haven't seen any, so far.

The L239 measures just about 9.5 cm, stretched out on the glass, so not quite adult size, yet. BTW, those dark dots on his nose are reflections from waterspots on the glass. I've had him for about two weeks, so we're still in the phasing in stage.
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PostPosted: 2007.08.05(Sun)17:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

What an amazing looking fish, love the colours
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Heather R
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PostPosted: 2007.08.05(Sun)19:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a lovely fish Debroah! Great find, he is beautiful. Good thing you mentioned the water spots, looks like he has freckles. LOL.

Again great fish, I wish you the best with him. Very Happy
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Jason L
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PostPosted: 2007.08.05(Sun)20:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome fish! I have a hard time finding anything other than Bristlenose and Common Plecos where I live. I now have something to look for when I head down south to some larger, well stocked shops.

Thanks for sharing!
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Marcos Avila
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PostPosted: 2007.08.05(Sun)22:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful! I'd never seen that one. Let's put it up in the Gallery Wink
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PostPosted: 2007.08.05(Sun)23:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a beutiful fish! If you don't mind me asking, how much did he cost? All of my LFS's gouge horribly for anything more than a common, gee I would love to find one of these guys!
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deborah_claro
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PostPosted: 2007.08.06(Mon)6:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, on behalf of the "blue," for the compliments and good wishes!

Misprint wrote:
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What an amazing looking fish, love the colours
Yes, he is really a true blue color, which varies from the bright teal color in the first photo to an indigo or marine blue depending on where he is in the tank. Some say they darken with age, and a guy from another forum sent me a photo of his "blue" which is a quite dark midnight blue. His fish is much older than mine, so they may darken with age.

Heather K wrote:
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Good thing you mentioned the water spots, looks like he has freckles.
Yeah, I thought I'd better mention it, although if they were freckles it would be cute, wouldn't it? No, that's just my bad glass cleaning, as usual.

Jason L wrote:
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I have a hard time finding anything other than Bristlenose and Common Plecos where I live.
So do I! In fact, I can't even find common BN's. However, when I do finally find a pleco, it always turns out to be an oddball.

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Beautiful! I'd never seen that one. Let's put it up in the Gallery Wink
I'd love to! I'll start writing something up, based on my experience so far. I've been comparing husbandry notes with the pal mentioned above, so I think I can get something Gallery-worthy together. It seems to be an unusual fish in the hobby - and people have warned me they're hard to acclimate.

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If you don't mind me asking, how much did he cost?
He cost $49.99 US. I am not one of those people who have an unlimited budget for fish. In fact before this, the most I had ever spent on a single fish was $7.99 US! But in this case, I just had to splurge. I think of it as a once-in-a-lifetime chance.

Here is a look at the Ancistrus-like mouth.

As you can see, despite the nickname, it's not a Panaque shape at all.
One hobbyist told me he thinks his L239 is eating wood, but I doubt it since the teeth are so different from the typical wood-eaters' teeth.
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Deborah
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PostPosted: 2007.08.06(Mon)6:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love his colours... He looks like a statue. Smile
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ChrisFish
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PostPosted: 2007.08.06(Mon)19:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

He looks like a blue muppet! Laughing

Seriously though, he is quite a beautiful specimen and I know he's in very capable hands. Congratulations on your unique find.
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PostPosted: 2007.08.06(Mon)22:02    Post subject: Fused dorsal and adipose fins. Reply with quote

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He looks like a blue muppet! Laughing
Laughing I see what you mean.

An unusual physical feature of many Ancistrini species catfish
is the fused dorsal and adipose fins.
Here is a not-so-great photo showing how the two fins are joined by fin membrane.

Ancistrini sp. L239 - fused fins.

Notice how in this lighting the gravel looks pink and the fish looks sort of purple.
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Deborah
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