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« on: February 04, 2020, 04:10:48 pm »
Hi, I have been keeping tropical fish for  over 40 years. I thought I  knew most everything about fish. How wrong  I  was!  I bought a Snowball plec last November, beautiful fish, grew double the size in 2 months, cleared my tank of algae, best cleaning fish ever. But when it began to develop lovely a long tail I took another look at the info available and couldn't find a single snowball with such a lovely tail, I then probed further only to discover it was in fact a Lyre tail Polka Dot plec, still beautiful but it is a specimen fish that will grow to over 40 cms and that's without the tail extensions!! Needless to say I had to contact the shop where I purchased it, they explained they had got it from their supplier as a Snowball, they have exchanged it for a Angel plec that apparently also goes under the name of Snowball. My problem? Well I am now worried that this new small Angel plec might also develop and be a Polka Dot plec! Is there  any way to tell the difference when they are small? Any feedback appreciated.

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    « Reply #1 on: February 04, 2020, 10:34:18 pm »
    http://www.aquarist-classifieds.co.uk/php/detail51_436033.php
      Hypancistrus sp L201 Orinoco Angel Plec
    So it shouldn't grow more than 5 inches
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    « Reply #2 on: February 04, 2020, 10:47:46 pm »
    Hi, can you post a picture?

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    « Reply #3 on: February 05, 2020, 05:36:31 pm »
    I am unable to post a picture at the moment, as I only exchanged it yesterday it is still rather shy although late last night it was belting round my tank  rather hecticly. Spotted it this morning so I know it is still ok.

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    « Reply #4 on: February 05, 2020, 06:12:23 pm »
    I have just managed to get a quick shot of my snowball, I'm  afraid it's not very clear so probably not much help. He likes hiding in the flower pot.

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    « Reply #5 on: February 05, 2020, 06:19:57 pm »
    From that pic it sure looks like a snowball.  *grin*
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    « Reply #6 on: February 05, 2020, 09:21:43 pm »
    Thank you, l hope it is. His mannerisms are certainly different to the Polka  Dot plec.

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    « Reply #7 on: February 06, 2020, 12:04:00 pm »
    Snowballs are more active at night, if you have a blue night light you should see more activity, and not that good at removing algae, but beautiful and a joy to watch
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