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Catgirl78
12-05-2010, 01:56 AM
I purchased 3 Bristlenose Plecos about 2 months ago. After a week, we never saw the 3rd one again so he must have passed on. When we first got them, they were only 3 inches long. One has grown a little bit, but the other one has gotten huge - over 4 inches at least. That one also has a lot of bristles on his face. The small one does not have any. I am wondering if that means I have a pair??

rich311k
12-05-2010, 02:21 AM
It sure sounds like it. At that size they would be sexually mature.

hefeweisse
12-05-2010, 05:41 AM
The males have longer bristles than the females, so it sounds like you may have a pair. Interesting fact... The long bristles are a sexual dimorphism that females are attracted to. They mimic larvae, so that it looks like the male is already guarding larvae, which is a plus in the bristlenose pleco world.

Catgirl78
12-05-2010, 05:06 PM
I was also wondering if it's normal for the females to be visible more often during the day than the males? The bigger one gets spooked easily and hides a lot during the day whereas the smaller one is almost always out and lets you look closer. I didn't know they could blink!