View Full Version : Is this really a bristlenose???

01-12-2013, 12:53 PM
Hey all,

We got this fish about a month ago, he was labeled in the fish store as a long fin bristlenose pleco. So far he seems to be doing well, has grown quite a bit! But, he has no bristles.....is this a maturity thing? Or did I get swindled? Here's some pics.





01-12-2013, 01:01 PM
It's a maturity thing. Also maybe a male or female thing.
How long is this one?
Mine started showing maturity at 2-3"

01-12-2013, 02:01 PM
that doesn't look like a bristlenose to me to be honest.

The fin on the back looks too big imo

I'd going with a larger breed of some kind

01-12-2013, 03:07 PM
looks like a bristlenose to me, maybe with a bit of the longfin breeding.

Goes to 11!
01-12-2013, 05:26 PM
It's a maturity thing. Also maybe a male or female thing.

Mine started showing maturity at 2-3"
+1 to the maturity/size, Mine started showing at about that same size.

01-12-2013, 05:34 PM
Most likely a female. I have 2 females with no bristles and 2 males with wonderful bristles (all in different tanks).

Lady Hobbs
01-12-2013, 05:46 PM
I thought they all had bristles but the female is smaller and has shorter bristles. I have 3......all the same size, tho, but one has bristles just a little bit shorter. Who knows? Maybe they're all males since I've never had any babies. I thought they all had bristles when they were small but now I can't remember. They were very small when I got them.

Lady Hobbs
01-12-2013, 05:52 PM
Since your post made me curious, I did some checking and found this.