Bristlenose Pleco

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Ok so just a few questions... Firstly how many liter's (or galen's) of water does my Bristle-nose need when he is fully grown? And also what types of fruit and vegetables will he eat?

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I think 20 gallons is the minimum, though Badmans tropical fish says 36 inches is the minimum in length that you'd want. See https://badmanstropicalfish.com/profiles/profile117.html

As for vegetables, I'll just quote https://www.aquaticcommunity.com/catfish/pleco.php:

Your Bristlenose Catfish will eat algae in the aquarium, but supplementing this diet with other types of food is highly recommended. It is not hard to get your Bristlenose Catfish to eat algae wafers from the fish store. Some Bristlenose Catfish will also nibble on the flake food that you feed your other fishes. Since the Bristlenose Catfish eat plant material in the wild, you can feed it vegetables such as cucumber, zucchini, squash, spinach, peas and green beans.
Not sure about fruit. I've heard of goldies eating fruit, not sure about plecos.
 
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thanks, I will soon be getting a 80 liter (21 galen) community tank will he be ok in there or does it need to be bigger?
 

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That sounds like it'll be okay.
 
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ok thanks for the advice
 

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I breed my dwarf BN in 10 gallon tanks if this is any help.
 

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I breed my reg bns in a 20 g and they do fine



REDKAHUNA said:
I breed my dwarf BN in 10 gallon tanks if this is any help.
never seen a dwarf bn ..do you have pics? how big do they get?
 

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Mine are in a 20gallon long and do great.
 

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Help!!!

"SUCKER" is NOT doing so well! What can I do to save my Pleco? I have a 20G tank. Sucker is 2 years old or so. He's about 9" long. Yesterday, I found him laying on the bottem of the tank, gasping..... I moved him to see if he was alive. He squirmed.... How can I save him?
 
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gabvra said:
"SUCKER" is NOT doing so well! What can I do to save my Pleco? I have a 20G tank. Sucker is 2 years old or so. He's about 9" long. Yesterday, I found him laying on the bottem of the tank, gasping..... I moved him to see if he was alive. He squirmed.... How can I save him?
Open a new thread to see if you can get some more answers....

Emily
 
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