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Old 06-14-2012, 03:21 PM   #11 
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As far as I know all ancistrus species have 9 rays. Ancistrus dolichopterus is L183 (starlight bristlenose) and it also have 9 dorsal ray. If we are being honest, most common bristlenose are crosses of Ancistrus triradiatus, Ancistrus pirareta, and a number of other strains because all ancistrus can cross breed and people were not as good at identifying the different strains when they were first imported.

To address cjayBetta's original question though, what you have is a sailfin pleco. It will get huge, it will poop a lot, and as it gets older it may become very aggressive (or not) I personally would not keep a Sailfin with a Betta. Bettas are notorious over eaters, as you have experienced, and there may be aggression issues later on.

edit: plecos should be fed every day. If feeding algae wafers is making your betta fat try feeding fresh veggies like zuchinni. The pleco will love it and the betta will not eat much if any.

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Old 06-14-2012, 05:02 PM   #12 
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k so now we think its a common? Im so confused now.... Now this dude was my husbands impuls buy so I wasn't here when he was put in the tank - that is now why I am looking for advice. I just need to know what he is so I know how to care for him correctly.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:05 PM   #13 
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No, it's a sailfin, bigger than a common. :/
Again I'd rehome it soon- easier to get rid of a smaller one, as it can get a taste for betta blood quite soon. I can't guarantee that it'll kill your betta but there's the chance. x.x

Does the feeding advice answer all your questions?

I swear, what is with husbands and plecos? Someone else's husband also snuck a plec into their betta tank on here.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:11 PM   #14 
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I dunno, there kind of manly looking :P - Ugh now im annoyed.....
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:59 PM   #15 
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see if you can convince your husband to get a bristlenose! they still need 20 or 29 (idr) gallons but the males turn kind of beastly.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:53 PM   #16 
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Well we already have it now so I guess I have to figure out what to do with it.
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:29 PM   #17 
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can you return it?
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:31 AM   #18 
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I dont think so.... Im searching for a bigger tank.
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:35 AM   #19 
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Tell the hubby he did this and now you need another, bigger tank. ;)
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:39 AM   #20 
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I explained to him last night that this is why we reasearch first buy 2nd....
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