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Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus Temmincki)

Native Location: South America

Climate: Tropical

Maximum Size: 12cm (5 inches)

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet: Herbivore

Breeding: Easy

Temperature Range: 23 – 27℃ (73 – 81℉)

Preferred pH Range: 5.8 – 7.8

Minimum Aquarium Size: 94L (25 gallons)

Potential Tankmates: Neon Tetras, Platys, Guppies

Care Level: Beginners – Intermediate

 

Get to know the Bristlenosed Pleco as the "vacuum" of your aquarium. With a diet of vegetation, Bristlenoses will eat up the algae that grows in the tank.

 

If your tank is well maintained, there may be an unsteady supply of algae. Try feeding Bristlenoses algae wafers once or twice a day. Granules, flakes or bloodworms are good choices. And, try treating them with zucchini slices and blanched romaine lettuce or spinach. Keep them with other algae eaters like snails and grazing fish. Peaceful fish of a similar size to Bristlenoses will make good tankmates. Bristlenoses can be housed with aggressive species, like African Cichlids and goldfish. But once a Bristlenose reaches maturity, do not keep with other Plecos, as they will become territorial.

 

As nocturnal bottom-dwellers, Bristlenoses will need plenty of driftwood, roots and plants to hide under during the day to escape the light. All these surfaces you provide will also mean algae can grow more consistently and be readily available for Bristlenoses to consume. They will feed at night. Although they are herbivores, they are unlikely to harm your live plants. They also enjoy the water with some current to it.

 

Determining the genders is easy for Bristlenoses. Males are larger, have whiskers, and bigger bristles and even some on their head. Females bristles are on their snout. Bristlenoses are easy to breed. Set up a breeding tank with plenty of caves and driftwood. They will also prefer cooler temperatures. Males will claim a cave and prepare it by cleaning surfaces for the eggs. A female will then inspect the cave, and if it impresses her, she will deposit her adhesive eggs. The male will fertilise them and

push the female out to guard the eggs. More than one female can lay eggs in the males' cave.

 

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Sean Scott
Cam & Fish Room fam

Thank you for helping us get started . Very helpful services updated on how to treat white spot instantly and we have the natural tropical look goin in our tank now the fish love it with help from cam big thanks

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Debbie Sloss
Happy fish, happy owner

One male bristlenose and loving his new home

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Kaylene Rae
Very happy customer

I bought 6 minnows and 1 wee bristlenose, all are going great.

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good little worker

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Laura
Bristlenose

Cute healthy little fish - he zooms about the tank. Thanks

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