Bristlenose plecos and spiderwood

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Hello! I'm thinking about adding a BN Pleco to my 29 gallon. I have a large piece of spiderwood that I love but I'm having a difficult time finding out whether this would be suitable for a pleco or not. Also I read on one site that spiderwood is softer than other woods so would the pleco destroy it? It took me a long time to find a piece that I liked and would hate to see it get eaten away. What do yall think?
 

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Hi Leighgenevera
my understanding is wood is used as a small aid to digestion not actually a food source. My understanding is that BN fry get a bacteria from the wood that stays in their stomach for live. Perhaps a little like the bio active yoghurt that humans eat?
I have added a small amount of driftwood sawdust to BN fry gell food. As recommended in my local club. The wood offers a hiding spot and protection. The colour of a regular BN is camouflaged wood colour.

I think an adult BN is more interested in the algae that grows on wood than it is in eating wood.
 

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For a BN it is perfect.
They are not woodeaters like Clowns and might munch from the toplayer (with algae).but won't destroy wood.
 
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Flyfisha said:
Hi Leighgenevera
my understanding is wood is used as a small aid to digestion not actually a food source. My understanding is that BN fry get a bacteria from the wood that stays in their stomach for live. Perhaps a little like the bio active yoghurt that humans eat?
I have added a small amount of driftwood sawdust to BN fry gell food. As recommended in my local club. The wood offers a hiding spot and protection. The colour of a regular BN is camouflaged wood colour.

I think an adult BN is more interested in the algae that grows on wood than it is in eating wood.
Thank you so much for this detailed info!
 
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DoubleDutch said:
For a BN it is perfect.
They are not woodeaters like Clowns and might munch from the toplayer (with algae).but won't destroy wood.
Thank you so much! Very excited to get a BN now :)
 

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