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  1. Default Bushynose Not Growing?

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    Hey guys,

    Back in the beginning of August I picked up a baby bushynose who was only about a few weeks old. It grew rapidly for a month to about 2 inches but now for the past few months I havent seen any noticeable growth. It eats Hikari wafers, algae tablets, shrimp pellets, and a cucumber slice every week. I have the temp at 80 degrees and water conditions are fine (0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrite, 10 Nitrate). I have him in a 55 gallon tank so I am wondering why his growth in stunted? Is anyone familiar with the growth rate of plecos? Does he just have bad genetics and will always stay this size? I have attached a pic if its helps. Thank you for the advice.


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    Well he is half grown at 2" so you might start to see some growth soon.
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    they are slow growers
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    I got a bushynose around the same time you did and it was quite small less then an inch. It looks just like yours same size. Maybe a little over 2inches. I dont think you should worry. Sounds like you are doing everything right.
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    If it is a dwarf bristlenose they grow fast at first and then slow down a lot.

    Females are only around 3" at max on those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indian Woods Angels
    If it is a dwarf bristlenose they grow fast at first and then slow down a lot.

    Females are only around 3" at max on those.
    My Albino bristlenose took forever to reach 2 inches, where, he also, seems to be stalled. I've had him since early summer and he wasn't much more than an inch when I brought him home. He's nice and fat now - eats like a pig - but still a shrimp LOL and has not get sprouted any bristles. So ... it would seem that 'slow' is a typical growth rate for these guys.
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