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 Bulldog plecos fighting! Part I

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PostSubject: Bulldog plecos fighting! Part I    Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:04 am


Here is the bigger one, minding his own business.


The little one slips up behind him and tries to go for his tail.


Then he leaps up on top of the bigger one and goes for his head.
They actually rasp at each other and these guys have some powerful suction.
The bigger one escapes out from under the little one.


Here they are separated for a moment, considering their strategies.


The little one tries the same trick again ...


... but the big one turns the tables and goes for the little one's tail!

These guys will definitely fight with each other if they are confined to a small area.
I was looming over them with a camera and this seemed to set them off. Perhaps they thought I was a predator bird or something and panicked. This set off the fight. When I backed off, they calmed down. They do need to have some room to themselves - usually one flat rock each is all they need to be happy.
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PostSubject: Re: Bulldog plecos fighting! Part I    Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:08 am

Are these the same as the rubber lip plecos? They look similar. Great pics Deb!
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PostSubject: Bulldog plecos fighting! Part II   Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:54 am

Thanks, Flipp! cheers Yes, you are right, they are the same as the rubberlip or rubbernose plecos. I prefer the common name of "bulldog" because it describes them better. Some people use one, some use the other.

Here is Part II of the ruckus!


The big one makes good on his promise and lets the little one have it!
Note the "terror" in the little one's eye as he tries to clamber up the side of the tub. *lol*
Actually, he was fine - they were equally matched.
This pic shows off the distinct Omega eye that many pleco species have.


A side-by-side uneasy truce.


Breaking up for good.


"Finally I get some peace!"

I love these guys! I've kept Chaetostoma species on and off since about 2004 and have had a chance to observe them in different communities. These ones were a nice find and thanks again to Mark for bringing them into his shop.
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PostSubject: Re: Bulldog plecos fighting! Part I    Sat Jun 23, 2012 5:01 pm

thats really funny, it was like reading a high action packed adventure story Smile thanks for the good read
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