One of the most efficient algae eaters is bristleonose pleco and they are a great addition to a community tank.
Why need a beginner’s guide for bristlenose pleco fish? Bristlenose fish is the ideal fish to be kept in community tanks and it is important to know how to upkeep them. This beginner’s guide has precise information about bristlenose pleco.
Bristlenose Pleco – Overview
|Common Name||Bristlenose, Bushy Nose Pleco, Bristlenose Catfish|
|Habitat or Origin||They are natives of South America and Panama.|
|Average Size||Male fish grow up to 5 inches and the female grows up to 4.5 inches, which is slightly smaller than the male|
|Coloration||They are generally in dark brown and green with white or yellow spots|
|Life Span||They are one of the smallest pleco fishes and their life span is between 4 to 5 years|
|Diet||They are omnivorous. In the wild, they feed on algae, and in-home aquarium they can be fed on anything which is almost green(Cucumber, Lettuce) at a home aquarium.|
|Gender Identification||Males have tentacles on their forehead and females have smaller tentacles in their snout area.|
|Behavior||Even though they are carnivorous, they love peace. But keep in mind they are territorial|
|Compatibility||Compatible with other algae eaters, neon tetras, and any other peaceful fishes. The only pleco fish which can be kept with the king of the aquarium (Discus Fish)|
|Ideal Tank Conditions||They are bottom dwellers, even a shallow tank would be absolutely fine for them.Recommended fish tank size is 40 to 50 Gallon|
|Water Parameters||Not very keen on water parameters, they love fast-moving waters. Fast flowing water with a Ph level of 6.5 to 7.8 and the ideal temperature of the water is between 70 to 80 Degree Fahrenheit or 20 to 27 degree centigrade|
|Breeding||It is pretty easy to bristlenose plecos in a home aquarium, once the male reaches the adult size they would start setting up a territory that is ideal for laying eggs and they would wait for the female to enter the territory to lay eggs. Mostly the territory would be closed spaces(PVC Pipes, Pleco Caves, etc.)As soon as the eggs are laid within 5 days the fries would be out and their first food would be their egg yolks and in a couple of days, they would start eating algae.|
|Common Diseases||Ich and Fish Fungus is the most common disease in bristol nose pleco and this could be avoided by maintaining the right water parameters, using the right medicine|
|Approximate Cost||1-inch Bristlenose would cost around 10 USD and a fully grown adult would be around 70 USD. In Asia, it is available at 1/2 the price of the USA|
|What to look when buying||Carefully examine for any infections and wounds.|
|Species in the Market||The most popular varieties of bristol nose pleco are Albino Bristlenose Pleco, Longfin Bristlenose Pleco, Super Red Bristlenose Pleco, Starlight Bristlenose Pleco, Calico Bristlenose Pleco|
Different types of Bristlenose Pleco
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