Can I Add A Bristlenose?

Discussion in 'Pleco - Plecostomus' started by Bailey Oswald, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    Hi! When I first started in the hobby, I had a pleco (probably a common, dont remember, in too small a tank regardless). I've recently stumbled across the bristlenose pleco and was wondering if it is compatible with my planned stocking. Also if there will be any issues I should watch for. I only want one. Thank you so much!

    Tank Details
    50 gallon tank
    Currently at room temp (right around 76° F)
    Will be kept at 78° F
    Decent amount of flow
    Ph 7.0

    One Platy
    One skirt tetra
    One Orange-finned loach
    One mystery snail
    Two rainbow cichlids
    One Orange-finned loach
    One Mystery snail

    -Large cave (loach's home)
    -White rock with large holes to swim through thing
    - Large fake plant
    - Floating driftwood (my Platy likes it floating, was going to take it out to soak in a bucket but)
    The Plan:
    - One large piece of driftwood (about 14 in)
    - A few smaller pieces of driftwood
    - Alternanthera Reineckii
    - Ocelot Sword
    - Dwarf Water Lettuce
    - Hygrophila Corymbosa var Stricta
    - Blyxa Japonica
    - Dwarf Hairgrass

    Would he work with the current and future plan? Or just one? Or none?
  2. kayla.sWell Known MemberMember

    Yes you could fit one in that tank, but 78 is really on the high end of its temp range. You could probably afford to bring the tank down to 76. I would watch for aggressive behavior from the loaches, though it should be okay
  3. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    78 is on the high end of it's temp range. I probably could bring it down, I chose 78 for the cichlids. 76 is just about summer room temp water, but will still need to heat in winter. 76 is temp compatible for the loach and cichlids, I'll bring it down to that, maybe 77?
    The loach is pretty laid back, but I'll keep a careful eye on it for aggression.

    Would he work with the current set up and the planned one? Or just the planned one?
  4. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    The rainbow cichlids are fine in cooler water. The skirt tetra needs 76f or cooler. I would keep the temperature around 75f.

    If you keep the temperature 76-80f I would get a clown pleco rather than a BN
  5. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    The skirt tetra is in 76° or cooler right now, will not be in this tank with the cichlids.

    76-78 is within the bristenose temperature range? How big do clown plecos get?
  6. Bailey OswaldWell Known MemberMember

    Side note: feeding the pleco.
    Will this work:
    -Blanched veggies (sugar snap peas, zuchinni, cucumber, raw green beans)
    - any fish food that my other fish fail to eat
    - freeze dried bloodworms
  7. aadamabdullah17New MemberMember

    That should be fine

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