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    Question Can't keep tank and all fish, want to keep "The Dude". Advise?


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    Hello!

    I have had a 72g tank with 3 pond goldfish for some time. I took them with me from my pond when I sold the house. At some point I added a Bristle Nose Pleco who I affectionately call "The Dude". I don't see him/her much. He has a favorite spot under a piece of driftwood which he falls off of on a regular basis and just lays upside down under the wood. Cracks me up!

    Anyway, I can't keep the aquarium. I'm dropping the goldfish off at an outdoor pond landscaper where they'll live out there days if they stay away from predators. But I can't seem to let go of "The Dude".

    Here's my question(s):

    - I understand a 20g minimum is needed. It will depend if his 'home' fits. So that's a given. But what about the rest of the aquarium?
    - I have a sand substraite and only some floating plants now and again because of the goldfish. What's the best substrate for the BNP? Should I create a planetd aquarium? If so, can anyone recommend a site for info/how-to. I'm not really interested in high maintenance.
    - What about the filtering system? I have a canister and 2 large sponge for the goldfish. What will I need for 1 BNP?
    - should there be other fish in the tank or doesn't the BNP care? I'm downsizing and just keeping "The Dude". I don't need anything else, unless"The Dude" does.

    Any advise, recommendations, etc. would be welcome.

    Thanks! Karen
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    Welcome to the AC, Karen

    Do you have any idea which BNP you have?

    How long have you had him?...what was he advertised as when you bought him?

    IMO, setting up a new tank for a fish you rarely see is kind of pointless, I'd try to add a few smaller fish with him to add interest to the tank.

    If he's a common pleco, 20G isn't going to work, they grow very large.
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    Since he is a bristle nose, he could stay alone in the 20g. He doesn't "need" any other fish. I would just find it a little more interesting to see something else in there, particularly since "the dude" prefers to hide. The sand substrate is fine for him, and he will continue to need some driftwood. You could attach some anubias and/or java fern to the driftwood to make the tank more appealing. Some planted crypts would also be easy plants to maintain. And keep your filtering at a high rate as BNP's have a good size bio-load.

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    Thanks Slaphppy7, I know it seems odd, but I'm actually keeping the bristle because I have an affection for him. I'm more interested in making a good home for him than something for me to enjoy. :-)

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    Thanks SueD, that's the info i was looking for. I've tried attaching things to the driftwood in the past but the goldfish always dislodged it. I'll give it another go now that they aren't in the picture and also add some crypts. Who knows, I may find I like a planted tank and go all out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenLeePA View Post
    Thanks Slaphppy7, I know it seems odd, but I'm actually keeping the bristle because I have an affection for him. I'm more interested in making a good home for him than something for me to enjoy. :-)
    Understood, I tend to over stock my tanks, I lie lots of fish, lol
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    When use to breed BN for selling I set up a 32g tank for them. Ran two filters a AC50 and Fluval u1 internal filter. Tank temp set to 26'c.
    The tank set up was sand. I only use sand, find it easier to clean easier to plant in set up and also simple for Cory Loach's barbles.
    I have a hug amount of logs/drift wood in the tank. Also BN need wood as part of their diet. For the rest of the tank I have it semi planted to make is look good. Being a breeding only tank for the pair that lived in it I was not bothered at all about other fish in.
    But if yo have only a single on, I personally would have to have something else to look at or try and find a female BN. But then you will get them to breed easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenLeePA View Post
    I'm actually keeping the bristle because I have an affection for him. I'm more interested in making a good home for him than something for me to enjoy. :-)
    This is a lovely thing you are doing -- making certain you create the ideal home for your beloved pet. I hope you and The Dude enjoy many more years together.

    We'd enjoy seeing a photo of your setup. Have fun with the plants!

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    I agree, great job with a tank for The Dude. A 20 long or high would be good for him, if you decide to add other fish you may want to go with a long so the fish can swim back and forth. I agree that over filtering is good as they do have a large bioload. Unless you want to deal with BN babies-don't get another one, they do breed very easily. I would keep the canister (give you more space in the tank), you can set up and instant tank too. Crypts are a good choice as they aren't very demanding light and nutrient wise.

    Good luck to you and The Dude, I also would love to see photos of him.
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