Help please!! My bristle nose female

  1. Denemic Initiate Member

    I got a new bristle nose pleco last week I have a 3.5 gallon tank and small beta , I'm assuming my beta got a little territorial my bn plecos tail is now gone and every time She try's to swim she flips herself over my water conditions are at a good level and I separated her into a fish bowl for easier water changes is there anything I can do and what is the best way to help her?
  2. aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    Welcome to the forum and glad you joined us. A Bristlenose pleco needs a much bigger Tank a twenty gallon would be fine. In a 3.5 gal tank the betta should not have any other fish with him. In the meantime keep the water pristine with frequent water changes to allow him or her to heal. On page 3 about halfway down the thread titled PLECO!! Share Yours I wrote up a post on feeding them including fruits and veggies plus wafers . please read the post because a healthy diet will also help her heal. If you can't get a bigger tank than maybe rehome her to someone that has a bigger tank or return her. You could even do a 10 gallon for 6 months then upgrade to a 20. Alison;)
  3. Denemic Initiate Member

    Thank you I did read your post on the veggie eating for them i will try to get a bigger tank though it would have to wait a month or two would that be okay for now ? And what is the best thing to do about her not being able to swim and flipping over?
  4. aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    What kind of tank and size is he in now? Alison
  5. Denemic Initiate Member

    3.5 gallon tank and she's half inch give or take
  6. aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    Is she still with the betta? If she is you need to get her out into something else to prevent any more damage Even like a plastic kritter keeper would work on a temporary basis till she is healed. I her own container she will have a chance to heal and swim as best she can , without being knocked around and will be able to eat in and quiet, peace. She also need a piece of driftwood to rasp on. It aids in their digestion....Alison
  7. Denemic Initiate Member

    Okay she's already in a fish bowl I put her there immediately after I seen her fins and I have a piece of drift wood as a decoration in a pant I will rinse it throughly and add it to the bowl again thank you very much for your help
  8. aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    Your welcome. BN plecos grow to 5 inches for females and 6 inches for males. Bettas like to be the only fish in their tank. It is their territory and they don't like other fish in with them as a rule. There are exceptions but they are few and far between . Keep us posted on how the BN is doing. Alison
  9. Denemic Initiate Member

    I woke up this morning and she was flipped over her gills no longer moving I flipped her back but I'm sure she's passed the damage done was to much I think
  10. aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    I am sorry to hear that and I think you are probably right. You could try a nerite snail with your betta . Alison:;snail