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Pugilistic Plecos

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My plecos had a real battle today. They fought for several minutes before I started the video and for 5 minutes or so after I stopped filming. I broke up the fight by feeding. 

I never noticed before how they fight. They seem to be trying to attack each other with the spines just in front of their gills. You can see the spines are puffed out while they fight. As far as I can tell nobody really got hurt.


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Thank you for sharing this. I wondered what a real fight looked like. I take mine to the LFS before they hit maturity.  I’ve seen the young ones pre-sexual maturity and guessed it was mock/learning fighting. One will scoot and bump the other the entire way across the front glass. I’m glad no one was injured. 

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