Originally Posted by applepip
Im no expert but I currently have 3 pleco's, though none bristlenose. However, one of them (my sailfin) I received from a woman who used to have it as part of an (accidental! - they were meant to just be pets) breeding pair and she said it was quite uncommon for 2 plecos to breed, and that she supplied quite a few (trusted) local fish stores with baby plecos. So I dont know if it applies here but you might not have problems with breeding, but then again if you do - local fish stores!
Wow that's amazing that she was able to breed sailfins- everyone says its impossible, but the guy I purchased two juveniles from bred the, and supplies local aquarium and pet stores (seems to mostly breed large numbers of a wide variety of African cichlids). For all I know he has a big pond that the plecos breed in.
The guy I bought my adult OSBN from was breeding them-he had 6 or 7 breeding pairs together in a dark cesspit of a tank. There was so much organic matter suspended in the water that even when he shone a torch at the tank you could barely see enough to be able to sex them. I was worried they'd die when I put them into a reasonably clean tank (as disgusting as it was I thought I ought to throw some of their old tank water into QT I put them in..
The poor things are so used to living in the dark, that they are just terrified. I don't have a light on them, and they are under the goldfish tank, but so far they haven't eaten. I've tried them with a NLS algae wafer and a slice of cucumber, but so far no movement. :-(
My other BN would be outraged at the waste of cucumber!