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Old 05-06-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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Bristlenose pleco

Mine has bristles in his gills? Is this call flaring or why does he do this?
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Are the rest of his fins extended??
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Yeah at the time he does this yes
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Yeah at the time he does this yes
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I have a bristlenose and am curious
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Yeah I'll try and get a pic when he does it its random so it might take a while. I just noticed he does it just before he bolts across the tank.
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Yeah I'll try and get a pic when he does it its random so it might take a while. I just noticed he does it just before he bolts across the tank.
Yes, this is him flaring his fins, normally they do this when they are scared or are trying tos how another fish to back off. You said he does it right before he darts across the tank? Does it happen when you walk up to the glass or just randomly?
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Yes, this is him flaring his fins, normally they do this when they are scared or are trying tos how another fish to back off. You said he does it right before he darts across the tank? Does it happen when you walk up to the glass or just randomly?
Just randomly like during feeding time and such.
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Just randomly like during feeding time and such.
Hmm, maybe your fish is showing a sign of excitement! If its during feeding time the surely he isn't scared unless he goes and hides somewhere!
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And I realized its when new people come to the tank too he'll sit up against the glass and flare at them haha
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And I realized its when new people come to the tank too he'll sit up against the glass and flare at them haha
Oh haha that's awesome! Then it could very well be an excitement thing!
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Sweet fish, I think mine is female but I'm holding out to hope its a male, is yours a female? I was told bristles around the lip instead of up the nose means female.
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Sweet fish, I think mine is female but I'm holding out to hope its a male, is yours a female? I was told bristles around the lip instead of up the nose means female.
Correct, if the fish has bristles on the nose it's a male, females have non on the nose!
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I have a male and a female this one is my male it doesn't have a lot of bristles though!

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