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02-06-2013, 11:33 PM #1
Can or will a Bristlenose suck off slime coat?
I read in another post to not put a bristlenose in a community tank as they can/will suck the slime coat off the other fish.
Can this happen? Everything I have read says they are great community tank fish.
02-06-2013, 11:44 PM #2
They can, but may not. It depends almost entirely from environmental conditions. A well fed bristlenose( lots of algae wafers and vegetables and algae) will remain herbivorous while one that is starved will resort, out of hunger, to the slime coats of other fish. Even if one bristlenose who has started sucking slime coat gets fed well again, they sometimes still will continue with their habit, so prevention is better than cure.
02-06-2013, 11:54 PM #3
What if I don't have a lot of algae - just a little on the very top of my driftwood, closest to the light? Will feeding algae wafers and veggies suffice?
02-07-2013, 01:00 AM #4
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Veggies and algae wafers should be fine to keep your BN fed, and I believe that they would have to be pretty starved to try the slimecoat thing... They would first eat every scap of algae in the tank, and then move onto live plants if any are available... and only suck on other fish as a last resort.
02-07-2013, 05:25 AM #5
It has been reported in a very few cases. Always starvation and cramming such a fish a tight tank was the root cause. These fish will stay out of other fishes' way and not attack unless provoked severely.
Mine eat wafers:
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02-07-2013, 09:06 AM #6