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    "Super Red Bushy Nose Pleco"

    I've had it for almost one year. It was 1.25" in length at the time I bought it from TWS and it sure has grown!! I have read from other people about the various behaviors between male and female. Females tend to not be as shy. Mine likes to stay underneath some DW, but it's definitely not shy about venturing out onto rocks, glass, plants, pretty much anything. Especially during feeding. I see two little bumps on the top of it's head, but they haven't grown in quite some time. This all leads me to believe it might be a female. I took some pictures, and will continue to try and get better pictures when I can. Here it is...

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    Sorry about the bad pictures. Every time I try to get closer to the tank it swims away and hides underneath some DW. I will continue to try and get some better close-ups.
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    It's really hard to tell from the pics as you know, do you see little spikes along the lip edge? I'm not sure if I'm seeing little nose spikes, they may be bristles...

    I've read that females can have little spikes, but every female I've had has no spikes whatsoever, they are smoothed and shorter faced than males. Females are usually rounder in the body, and males grow longer. Males may be a little more skittish in general, they are more territorial and defensive of food, but I've seen my females fight for food and males males all over the tank too.

    How long is the fish now? A pic of the snout and overhead-ish shot to show body shape would be particularly helpful.

    Btw, what are those beautiful blue tetras in the background?
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    Thanks for the info. I'll try to get some better overhead body shots soon.

    And those are called Green Neon Tetra. Still not sure why they are called Green when clearly they are blue lol. I've had those guys ever since I started up my tank and about to get 10-15 more!! They are great!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcraze2 View Post
    It's really hard to tell from the pics as you know, do you see little spikes along the lip edge? I'm not sure if I'm seeing little nose spikes, they may be bristles...

    I've read that females can have little spikes, but every female I've had has no spikes whatsoever, they are smoothed and shorter faced than males. Females are usually rounder in the body, and males grow longer. Males may be a little more skittish in general, they are more territorial and defensive of food, but I've seen my females fight for food and males males all over the tank too.

    How long is the fish now? A pic of the snout and overhead-ish shot to show body shape would be particularly helpful.

    Btw, what are those beautiful blue tetras in the background?
    Thats what i've heard as well. Males usually have more pronounced "mustaches" lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfgang View Post

    And those are called Green Neon Tetra. Still not sure why they are called Green when clearly they are blue lol. I've had those guys ever since I started up my tank and about to get 10-15 more!! They are great!!
    From certain angles, in the right lighting, they will show splashes of green color along their upper bodies...I love my greenies
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    If there are no bristles up the nose after a year, I'd say you've got a female

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueD View Post
    If there are no bristles up the nose after a year, I'd say you've got a female
    Well, I wouldn't call them bristles just yet but I do see two "bumps" on the nose. Hard to see them from the pics I posted. I will try to post some better pictures.
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    At over a year, you should see much more than that if it's male and if it's been growing adequately in size.

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    It's hard to tell from the picture, but my guess is a girl. In the first picture a boy, the second picture center fish is a girl.
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