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genocidex
04-19-2013, 01:06 AM
i see BN plecos everywhere.... not a single normal one to find.... is there a shortage or something? i finally broke down and bought a albino pleco for my 55g.... but i mean.... i wish i had a normal one.... she (i dont see any bristles yet and its just shy of 2") will grow big in my 55g i hope... but then again i have the worst luck with plecos.

mojosodope
04-19-2013, 02:55 AM
Albino bristlenose plecos are extremely IMO, even if you don't have that much luck with plecos she will most likely thrive. They stay around 5-6'' when fully mature so you don't have to worry. They do make a lot, a lot of mess tho.

genocidex
04-19-2013, 12:01 PM
Ye my 55g has plenty of space for them. I planned on 2.... Jf she survives more than a month ill pick her up a male...

Brhino
04-19-2013, 02:39 PM
I'm not sure you can conclude that you have a female at 2". I think my male got about 3" long before his bristles came in.

Goes to 11!
04-19-2013, 03:58 PM
I'm not sure you can conclude that you have a female at 2". I think my male got about 3" long before his bristles came in.

+1
I concur.
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gronlaura
04-19-2013, 04:05 PM
I'm not sure you can conclude that you have a female at 2". I think my male got about 3" long before his bristles came in.

+1 My BN just started a few (3) bristles going up the face. Still not sure it is a male. Mine love their algae wafers, watermelon and shelled peas, but go CRAZY for broccoli. That diet and good water parameters will keep yours healthy and growing.

genocidex
04-19-2013, 04:21 PM
well i have plenty of drift wood in there and algae on the wall. this morning i work up and i cant find it any where. im hoping i got a female, tbh those bristles freak me the heck out... lol

gronlaura
04-19-2013, 05:17 PM
well i have plenty of drift wood in there and algae on the wall. this morning i work up and i cant find it any where. im hoping i got a female, tbh those bristles freak me the heck out... lol

Too funny - your have bristle-phobia! My 2 BNs are all over the tank, cleaning everything. Sometimes I don't see them and then suddenly there they are, out and about, doing their thing. I can't wait for the bristles to grow longer - I think they're beyond cool.

talldutchie
04-19-2013, 05:28 PM
well i have plenty of drift wood in there and algae on the wall. this morning i work up and i cant find it any where. im hoping i got a female, tbh those bristles freak me the heck out... lol

Then just maybe it was not the best choice of fish? :smile:

Even the females of some species get some bristles. If you want a shock look at this: http://www.planetcatfish.com/common/image.php?species=ancistrus_ranunculus&image_id=491

Lady10Godiva
04-19-2013, 05:53 PM
That is a little funny what you say about availablity, around me I have only ever seen a couple albino ones, mostly regular here. Even found a petsmart with a bigger fish selection that had both types of bristlenoses.

talldutchie
04-19-2013, 06:10 PM
both types of bristlenoses.

Err.. actually there's quite a few different species. Any decent fish shop over here will have 5-6 different species. This big one has a few more:
http://www.aquariaveldhuis.nl/index.php?Ancistrus%20sp%20L180&productID=10461
http://www.aquariaveldhuis.nl/index.php?Ancistrinae=Ancistrus-hoplogenys--VISSEN&productID=10459
http://www.aquariaveldhuis.nl/index.php?Ancistrinae=ancistrus-ranunculus-l34--VISSEN&productID=16531
http://www.aquariaveldhuis.nl/index.php?Ancistrinae=Ancistrus-sp-cucuta--VISSEN&productID=10462
for example.

genocidex
04-19-2013, 06:20 PM
Then just maybe it was not the best choice of fish? :smile:


tbh i was thinking of staying clear of them, but i wanted something to help control some algae growing on my plants. i know buying a fish for a purpose like that isnt a good thing but im hoping to get over my bn phobia lol. i think its more of my spd that makes me wigged out over them lol. but its something i need to get over eventually so why not start now. PLUS all the other plecos around here will top out 8+" not many small plecos around here and otos will be eaten in my tank

gronlaura
04-19-2013, 06:21 PM
Then just maybe it was not the best choice of fish? :smile:

Even the females of some species get some bristles. If you want a shock look at this: http://www.planetcatfish.com/common/image.php?species=ancistrus_ranunculus&image_id=491

Oooooo, I want mine to have those! I have seen some photos where you can barely see the face.

talldutchie
04-19-2013, 06:44 PM
don't know what SPD means but I think you did well.

As said they love broccoli. Also cauliflower and for some reason sprouts. I feed mine hikari algae wafers as staple food and pretty much whatever vegetable we humans have.

genocidex
04-19-2013, 08:39 PM
spd = sensory processing disorder, basically my senses get all sorts of messed up, and i dont process the things the same way other people do. an example, sanding wood causes me to feel like my skin is super dry and splitting. never fun for me.

gronlaura
04-19-2013, 09:00 PM
Great link for veggie/fruit feeding -

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/veggies-for-your-fish/?/39/1/Veggies-for-your-fish/Page1.html (http://www.aquariumadvice.com/veggies-for-your-fish/?/39/1/Veggies-for-your-fish/Page1.html)

I do not blanch my veggies as it makes them too soft. I use frozen if at all possible and thaw them for 10 minutes in a bowl of tank water. The only thing I disagree with in the article is the use of fishing line. I would worry that my fish would hurt themselves on it.

talldutchie
04-20-2013, 06:08 AM
spd = sensory processing disorder,.

Thanks for explaining that. Seems closely related to the sensory integration problems my daughter had when she was little.

Kazumi
05-23-2013, 08:36 PM
One way to figure out what sex it is, is to find someone that has an extremely aggressive male and put them together i have a 2" BN that im 90% sure it's a female since it was going since birth in my uncle's one tank were he have a BN that has killed every male he have put in there for the past 3 years and it's large enough to keep atleast 3 males without problems this one was still alive had no scars like another at the same size that had a huge scar from being attacked by the big male.

This is a risky test but it will work but you can lose your BN if your unlucky.

From my experience and friends experience are that you can determine the sex of the BN at about 7 month of age if they have not gone in a small tank so it grows very slowly, it should be at least 3" inches and 7 month to make a exact match, but it can also be a male without growing large whiskers but that only happens if the tank are not large enough to hold 2 alpha males. The minor of the males will not grow whiskers to keep the alpha male less aggressive towards it.

This is only from my own and friends experience which is quite little so it can just be us that has faced this