Sexing Bristlenose Pleco

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Hey I was just wondering if anyone can help me out with sexing my albino bristlenose pleco?? It's 2.5 inches long. I know that it can be quite hard to sex them at this size, but was wondering if someone could give an idea on what they think it might be. I personally think it's a female but not sure.
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HI there,
Not an expert on Plecos, but I would believe that this is a male, I could be wrong though.

It will be much easier to sex him/her once he/she grows bigger.
 

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I think you'll likely need to wait until it's a bit bigger. If I had to guess, I'd guess male because the bristles look like they're coming in. Females can have short and few bristles, but since it is getting them this young, I would guess male.
 
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Ed204 said:
HI there,
Not an expert on Plecos, but I would believe that this is a male, I could be wrong though.

It will be much easier to sex him/her once he/she grows bigger.
I agree that I should definitely wait until it's bigger but was just wondering if anyone would give me an idea.
 
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TexasDomer said:
I think you'll likely need to wait until it's a bit bigger. If I had to guess, I'd guess male because the bristles look like they're coming in. Females can have short and few bristles, but since it is getting them this young, I would guess male.
Uh that sucks. Hopefully it's a female as I already have a male. But time will tell. Thanks for the reply
 

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I actually guess female from the slight bulge in the stomach area, I agree it needs some more growing to tell. If it starts getting bristles up the head it's a male
 
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Soocold said:
I actually guess female from the slight bulge in the stomach area, I agree it needs some more growing to tell. If it starts getting bristles up the head it's a male
Yeah I was thinking the same thing. But it's still quite young so it could be a male. Thanks for the reply.
 

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Could just be a well fed male. I have a male Peckoltia, but he's a little plump because he's well fed (not to the point of being overfed, thankfully - that's bad!).
 
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TexasDomer said:
Could just be a well fed male. I have a male Peckoltia, but he's a little plump because he's well fed (not to the point of being overfed, thankfully - that's bad!).
That could be the reason. I feed veggies usually every other day and algae wafers on the day he doesn't get veggies. He also sometime eats the shrimp pellets I feed my cories !!
 

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At this point I would say female because there are no bristles on the top of the snout.
 

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The body shape does look like its female. But as other members have posted it could just be well fed. I would wait a few more weeks. Hopefully she's a female so you can get a pair. They're really easy to breed.
 
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cjbart1009 said:
The body shape does look like its female. But as other members have posted it could just be well fed. I would wait a few more weeks. Hopefully she's a female so you can get a pair. They're really easy to breed.
Yeah definitely hoping it's a female!! I haven't ever bred the before but know they are very easy to breed!!
 

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It kinda looks like my juvie. With some bristles coming out but I can't tell the sex as well. We're just gonna have to wait
 
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It kinda looks like my juvie. With some bristles coming out but I can't tell the sex as well. We're just gonna have to wait
Yeah it's definitely still young. Just so hard to wait until I can determine what sex it is!!
 

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I have a year old male that looks just like that. Several spawns make it easy on my end. My males are also more dominant at a smaller size
 

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