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    Default Can or will a Bristlenose suck off slime coat?


    0 Not allowed!
    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.
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
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  2. #2

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    0 Not allowed!
    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.

  3. #3

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    0 Not allowed!
    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?
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - Gold Pristella Tetras, Scissortail Rasboras, Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, Leopard & Zebra Danios, Bristlenose Pleco
    My Dual 29 gals - Left Tank - Diamond Tetras. Right Tank - right now a QT, future Amano Shrimp

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"

  4. #4

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    0 Not allowed!
    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.

  5. #5

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    0 Not allowed!
    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:

    DSC_6921 by j_wijnands, on Flickr

    Broccoli:

    DSC_6816 by j_wijnands, on Flickr

    Cauliflower:

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    0 Not allowed!
    As long as they're well fed (wafers and fresh veggies,) they have no need to go near other fish, apart from scaring them off the wafers or veggies, which mine do on a regular basis (its hilarious watching a 2 inch bristlenose telling a 6 inch goldfish to bugger off)

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