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Old 07-04-2011, 06:13 PM   #1
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Bristlenose Plecos

I have been looking at getting a Plec (or 2), for my community tank, and think I have settled on going down the Bristlenose route.

I have Clown loaches, angels, golden gourami & a rainbow shark. From what I can see they seem to be very good natured & compatible with most fish.

Anyone any advice/experience of keeping these "beautiful" pleco's?

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Old 07-04-2011, 08:42 PM   #2
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I have two each in both of my 75's - mixed fishies - have had no problems that I can tell thus far - been there nearly a year!!!
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Bns should work just fine. They are great little fish.
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I love bristlenose you can also find them in a starlight variety and albino...all three are very pretty plecos.
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:22 PM   #5
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I have a common pleco (the one with the spots) and he is great tempered. He never messes with my other fish, i even had him with my molly fry! Never harmed any of them. I like the bristlenose and rubber lip plecos so yea definately go for one. Hoping to have a Zebra Pleco one day
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:11 PM   #6
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I think I'm sold on the idea of Bristlenoses. Are they better kept singly, in pairs or more than two? Do males or females get aggressive if kept with the same sex?
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:38 PM   #7
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I have 1 male and 1 female Bristlenose Plecos in my tank. The male is the dominant one but the female knows her place so we don't have any problems.

They are beautiful, easy to keep and get on fine with all of my other fishes. They also earn their keep by keeping my tank clean .

Mine are only young at the moment but I hear they bread very easily. A friend of ours quickly became overrun with them, so that's something to consider when keeping both sexes together.
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How big is your tank? BN can be kept singly, in pairs, or trios in a medium-size tank. Larger tanks will have enough territory for several males and up to 3 females.
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:22 AM   #9
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I bought an albino BN the other day. Its beautiful. There is also a long finned variety. Make sure you supplement its diet with veggies. I started a post asking veggies to feed plecos. Not sure if you knew about the veggies or not but if you didn't check it out.
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Its called "veggies to feed plecostomus?" In general fw
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:33 AM   #11
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I have 1 male and 1 female Bristlenose Plecos in my tank. The male is the dominant one but the female knows her place so we don't have any problems.

They are beautiful, easy to keep and get on fine with all of my other fishes. They also earn their keep by keeping my tank clean .

Mine are only young at the moment but I hear they bread very easily. A friend of ours quickly became overrun with them, so that's something to consider when keeping both sexes together.
Cool, I'll bear that in mind. Their tank cleaning properties are a bit of an added bonus to keeping a lovely fish by the sounds of it!
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:35 AM   #12
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How big is your tank? BN can be kept singly, in pairs, or trios in a medium-size tank. Larger tanks will have enough territory for several males and up to 3 females.
They will be in a 63 gallon tank, so should be plenty of room for them. I'm thinking I might go for a pair or maybe 3, but not sure if I want them to be able to breed or not....
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Its called "veggies to feed plecostomus?" In general fw
Great, I will check it out. Thanks.
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I bought an albino BN the other day. Its beautiful. There is also a long finned variety. Make sure you supplement its diet with veggies. I started a post asking veggies to feed plecos. Not sure if you knew about the veggies or not but if you didn't check it out.
Mine love broccoli and cucumber.
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Mine love broccoli and cucumber.
Ideal. I'm off to a fish store about an hour away who specialise in Catsfish & plecs tomorrow. Hoping to come back with some new fishies for my residents to get to know
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:50 PM   #17
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Noice albino....
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Noice albino....
Thank you. Beautiful, in a bit of an ugly way
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