Bristlenose Or Common

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  1. Mary E.

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    Hey guys, so here’s the deal. About 3-4 years ago I bought two super cute baby Plecos from a chain store (yes I have the tanks to handle them, and the reason I went with a chain store was because they were cheap). I was under the impression that the Plecos were Bristlenose. Long story short, Whisky is definitely a male Bristlenose, but Bourbon I honestly don’t know. Bourbon looks exactly like Whisky but there are no whiskers, any thoughts on if Bourbon is a completely different type of Pleco or is actually just a female?
     
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    Could be a Rubberlip, or just a female bristlenose
     
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    A bristlenose will grow to like 4-6 inches. A common pleco will grow to about 2 feet, some have got to 3 feet long if that helps.
     
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    Seeing the mouth would help us determine it easily.
     
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    If the other is definitely a bristlenose and this one looks just like it, chances are it's a bristlenose. After 2 to 3 years it would be huge if it was a common. Female bristlenose don't have the bristles, or sometimes just a few smaller around the mouth.

    Pics would obviously be the best way to identify if you are still unsure.
     
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    Mary E.

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    I’ll try to get a pic for y’all, Bourbon is just crazy skittish so it’s a bit hard
     
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    It sounds like you have both a male and a female. Only the male gets the bristles. If you give them the proper place to do so you may end up with lots of adorable pleco fry. :)
     
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    Thank you so much! I've been wondering about these little guys for forever :) (Tbh, some little baby bristlenose pleco fry would sooooo be beyond adorable lol). Thanks again!
     
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    If you do have both a male and a female bristlenose pleco I am surprised you've not already seen little ones. If you've had them for 3 or 4 years they are plenty old enough.
     
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    I'd like to see a better pic, a clear one, with good exposure on the fish, whenever you can. Better to have us wait, and take a good pic than a bad one and still have some of us (at least me) uncertain. There's just something about the fish's silhouette that doesn't seems like it's a bristlenose.
     
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    I couldn't tell anything from the photo either. I could only go by the description and guess that it was a he and she BN. Could be a male BN since one does have bristles and some other kind of pleco thus no babies after all this time.
     
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    My bad y’all sorry, he/she has always been super skittish. I just can’t seem to get a good pic. I think the main reason I’ve not gotten babies yet (aside from them possibly being different types), is because I moved Whisky (my male) to a slightly larger tank in another room.
     
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    That would be a perfectly plausible reason as to why there are no babies :D
     
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