To early to sex a bn?

AcornTheBetta

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Hi all!
I recently got a BN pleco who is about 3" long. I was wondering, is it too early to sex them? Thanks!
 

mattgirl

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When at 3 inches if there are not even a hint of bristles around the mouth I suspect it is a female.
 

veggieshark

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At 3", it should be possible.
 
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AcornTheBetta

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mattgirl said:
When at 3 inches if there are not even a hint of bristles around the mouth I suspect it is a female.
I think I might have a female then
 
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AcornTheBetta

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Can you guys confirm this is female?
 

mattgirl

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If it has no bristles it is a female. As far as I know that is the only way to know for sure.
 

coralbandit

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At 3 inches with no bristles I would say female 99% .
 

Falena

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As others have said, 3 inches should be big enough to assume you have a female. Although I have had males that develop later too, at 9 months or so (size variable) especially if there are any other plecs in the tank. Subdominant males develop a lot slower and may not show bristles for up to a year, especially if there is a dominant male in the tank.
Females will fill up with eggs and get a nice round belly though, so thats another good indicator too!
 

BearAndSunny

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i agree with everyone else and I have been told that you can also tell by their shape, yours is slightly rounder between the 2 sets of fins rather than very slimline which is another sign of a female, but much less reliable than the bristles like everyone else has said

does she have a name..?
 

jake37

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A lot easier to sex if a picture of the OTHER side is shown....

AcornTheBetta said:
Can you guys confirm this is female?
 

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