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Old 08-28-2011, 10:32 AM   #1
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I just don't get why people like Bristlenose

I dunno, I guess there must be something about Bristlenose Plecos that attracts people to them, but I just don't see it.
Am I the only one that finds these to be kind of an ugly little fish?
No offense to those of you that like them. To each their own and all that.
Maybe they have really cool characteristics?
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:38 AM   #2
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It is not their looks, it is their ability to control almost any kind of algae, not outgrow almost any tank, not bother plants, not bother fancy goldfish, not bother discus, thrive in almost any tank, thrive in almost any hardness/pH, and they don't look bad either.
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:42 AM   #3
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IMO it's everything fishguy said plus (for me) since it really helps to have some kind algae eating animal, why not use ones that are more interesting looking?

And what up NC, how was your hurricane party?
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Also they are relatively easy to breed.
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They also have an awesome personality. Probably one of my most active fish.
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:02 AM   #6
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It is not their looks, it is their ability to control almost any kind of algae, not outgrow almost any tank, not bother plants, not bother fancy goldfish, not bother discus, thrive in almost any tank, thrive in almost any hardness/pH, and they don't look bad either.
Pretty much sums it up. I rarely see mine, but as he grows he should get cooler looking imo. They also deal with aggression well.
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:16 AM   #7
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I must admit, at first I was creeped out by the bristles, so I can totally understand where the OP is coming from.

But with time, my albino BN really grew on me. I like him a lot now. And the bristles no longer creep me out, I think they look kind of cool. Almost alien looking lol. I still don't really like the look of the regular BN too much, but I suppose if I had one it would probably grow on me too.

And like everyone else has pointed out, they're incredibly diligent workers, stay relatively small, don't mess with anyone and for the most part don't get messed with.
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Old 08-28-2011, 03:20 PM   #8
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It is not their looks, it is their ability to control almost any kind of algae, not outgrow almost any tank, not bother plants, not bother fancy goldfish, not bother discus, thrive in almost any tank, thrive in almost any hardness/pH, and they don't look bad either.
okeydokey. Those certainly sound like good and valid reasons for owning one.
I still don't like 'em though
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i kinda like them,but not enough to fork over the $15 my LFS wants for them. if they were cheapeer,id probably have one
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Old 08-28-2011, 03:58 PM   #10
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Wow, that sounds pretty pricey. Are they generally an expensive store? Or just on those?
I guess I prefer to have other types of catfish, like corys and otos.
As I previously mentioned though, each to their own.
You know the more I think about it though, Patterson is right, they remind me of the alien in the predator movies!
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