Plecostomus now Banned!?

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  1. Asgar

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    Can someone please confirm this report which is now circulating.

    "I'm sure we've all had this fish at some point in our lives. But authorities have now banned this fish because it has caused major problems throught the world, the worst cases being Mexico & the Philippines. Apparently they are causing problems in Richards Bay as well. So now the common & hi-fin Pleco will be banned from the pet trade." (C.Wayne)
     
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  3. Henk Hugo

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    yes correct

    Liposarcus spp. Plecostomus
     
  4. SalmonAfrica

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    Henk, do you have the new blacklist?

    I think it's rather silly though. Plecos aren't even established pests (they're not even sure if they're a threat, just a "possibility"). Think about Goldfish, Carp, Swordtails, Guppies, etc. They're pests as well, hell, the govenment knows that they're pests. But because of a possibility, they're banning plecs?
     
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  5. Henk Hugo

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    This is the list that went into Goverment Gazette 3 April 2009. Gazette number 32090. Notice 349 of 2009, Department of Enviromental Affairs and Tourism.....

    Abramis spp. bream spp. indicates all species
    in the genus
    Acantharcus spp.
    Acheilognathus spp. bitterling
    Acipenser spp. sturgeon
    Ameiurus spp. bullheads
    Amia calva Bowfin/Mudfish/Dogfish
    Amphilius spp. Golden African kuhli
    Anabas spp. Climbing perch/Climbing fish
    Anguilla spp.
    Aphanius spp. minnow
    Aplocheilichthys spp. killifish
    Arapaima gigas Arapaima
    Bagrus spp.
    Barilius spp.
    Bathyclarias spp. Catfish
    Centrarchus spp.
    Chaca chaca Frogmouth catfish
    Channa spp. snakeheads
    Chela spp.
    Chetia spp.
    Chiloglanis spp.
    Chologaster cornutus
    Chondrostoma spp. Nasling
    Chrysichthys spp.
    Cichla spp. Peacock cichlid
    Colossoma spp. pacu
    Coregonus spp.
    Cottus spp.
    Croilia spp.
    Cyprinodon spp. pupfish
    Docimodus spp. Catfish
    Elassoma spp.
    Electrophorus electricus Electric eel
    Engraulicyprus spp.
    Enneacanthus spp.
    Esox spp.
    Eutropius spp.
    Fundulus spp.
    Galaxias spp. galaxias
    Gambusia spp.
    Gasterosteus spp.
    Gephyroglanis spp.
    Alien Invasive Species / Freshwater Fish SANBI 18 November 2008 invasives@sanbi.org 2 of 35
    Glossogobius spp.
    Gobio spp.
    Gymnallabes spp.
    Heterobranchus spp.
    Hucho hucho Huchen
    Huso huso Beluga sturgeon
    Hydrocynus spp. African tiger fish
    Ictalurus spp.
    Idus idus Silver/Golden orf
    Jordanella floridae American flagfish
    Lampetra spp.
    Lates spp.
    Lepomis spp. sunfishes
    Leptoglanis spp.
    Leuciscus spp.
    Liposarcus spp. Plecostomus
    Lota lota Burbot
    Luciosoma setigerum Apollo shark
    Malapterurus spp.
    Marcusenius spp.
    Mesobola spp.
    Micropterus spp. (except the 3
    species in Category 2) Bass (except the 3 species in
    Category 2)
    Misgurnus spp Weather fish
    Myleus spp. Brown metynnis
    Neochanna spp. mudfish
    Neomacheilus spp. Loaches
    Notemigonus crysoleucas Golden shiner
    Notropis spp. shiner
    Oncorhynchus spp.(excluding
    rainbow trout) Trout / Salmon
    Ophicephalus spp. Snakehead
    Opsaridium spp. barilius
    Oreochromis spp.(excluding
    Oreochromis hybrids in zoning
    category for aquaculture)
    tilapias
    Oryzias spp. Rice fish/Geisha girl/Golden mede
    Osmerus eperlanus Smelt
    Paragalaxias spp. Paragalaxias
    Perca spp. Perch
    Percina spp. Percina darters
    Petrocephalus spp. Mormyrid
    Petromyzon marinus Lamprey
    Phoxinus spp. Minnow
    Plecostomus spp. plecostomus
    Pogonopoma spp. catfish
    Pomoxis spp.
    Protopterus spp. Lung fish
    Pseudocrenilabrus spp.
    Alien Invasive Species / Freshwater Fish SANBI 18 November 2008 invasives@sanbi.org 3 of 35
    Pseudorasbora spp. Whiptail sturgeon
    Pseudorinelepis spp. catfish
    Pterygoplichthys spp. plecos all species
    Pungitius spp. stickleback
    Pygocentrus spp. Piranha
    Pygosteus spp. stickleback
    Rhinelepis spp. catfish
    Rhamdia spp.
    Rhinichthys atratulus atatulus Black-nose dance
    Rhinichthys atratulus obtusus
    Rhodeus spp.
    Rooseveltiella spp. Piranha
    Rutilus spp. Roach
    Salmo spp. (except brown trout and
    Atlantic salmon) Trout and salmon
    Salvelinus spp.
    Sargochromis spp.
    Sarotherodon spp.
    Schilbe spp.
    Serrasalmus spp. piranha
    Siluris glanis European/Wels/Waller catfish
    Thymallus thymallus Grayling
     
  6. SalmonAfrica

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    Hold on - are these the only blacklisted species?
     
  7. Henk Hugo

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    correct :D
     
  8. Slojo

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    So this is the common pleco?
     
  9. SalmonAfrica

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    Ok then I'm quite stoked - I see no mention of Potomotrygon or Parachanna. :D
     
  10. Reafer

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    so i csn talk about my jewels and Herotilapia multispinosa on the forums now? :p
     
  11. Henk Hugo

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    its not law yet - JZ is tooooooo busy flying SAA
     
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    why does it say then :

    Liposarcus spp. Plecostomus
    Plecostomus spp. plecostomus
    Pterygoplichthys spp. plecos all species

    Are those all the common pleco?
     
  13. Henk Hugo

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    those are all the synonyms for the same thing....

    from planet catfish:


    735. Pterygoplichthys ambrosettii (i:4, k:2)
    736. Pterygoplichthys anisitsi (i:1, k:0)
    737. Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus (i:2, k:7)
    738. Pterygoplichthys etentaculatus (i:1, k:1)
    739. Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps (i:31, k:154)
    740. Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus (i:16, k:76)
    741. Pterygoplichthys lituratus (i:6, k:0)
    742. Pterygoplichthys multiradiatus (i:1, k:2)
    743. Pterygoplichthys pardalis (i:24, k:164)
    744. Pterygoplichthys parnaibae (i:4, k:1)
    745. Pterygoplichthys punctatus (i:3, k:7)
    746. Pterygoplichthys scrophus (i:9, k:43)
    747. Pterygoplichthys sp. (1) (i:1, k:0)
    748. Pterygoplichthys sp. (L154) (i:0, k:0)
    749. Pterygoplichthys sp. (L164) (i:2, k:4)
    750. Pterygoplichthys sp. (L313) (i:1, k:3)
    751. Pterygoplichthys sp. (L347) (i:1, k:2)
    752. Pterygoplichthys sp. `Rio Callaru` (i:3, k:0)
    753. Pterygoplichthys weberi (i:16, k:7)
    754. Pterygoplichthys zuliaensis (i:1, k:0)
     
  14. veegal

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    On the bright side it'll stop all the pet shops from selling Plecos to everyone with a tank as an 'algae eater' and not telling them that their little 45cm tank is too small to keep a pleco in. :)
     
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    true Vee - they will be in the trade for a little while to come still....
     
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    I'm also curious - which plec is this? (googled the latin name, google's got nothing)
     
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    so what will we have to do to clean the algae in our tanks now? will acestrieds also be banned?
     
  19. Henk Hugo

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    Do you see any ancistrus on the list of names i posted?! i sure dont...

    Its ONLY common plecos and their family thats banned. including the gibbiceps
     
  20. SauRoN

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    Henk what's a good alternative for a cleaner fish?

    I have always liked Synodontis Upsidedowns, but I'm not really sure they do much.

    The Petricolas are also very cool, but quite small and very expensive especially in schools.
     
  21. speedz

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    hoplos are nice imo
     

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