The Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus spp) is a much better option over the common pleco for hobbyists because they only get to about 6 inches in size, sometimes smaller depending on the species (there are lots of species in the Ancistrus genus). These bristlenose plecos can be very expensive for a freshwater fish with prices ranging from $10 to $50. There are albino varieties as well.
Give these plecos fresh veggies from time to time. They will go after zucchinni and cucumbers. Check the forum for more ideas on feeding and breeding them.
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Bristlenose Pleco Care
Scientific Name : Ancistrus spp
Common Names : Bristlenose Pleco, Bushy Nose Pleco
Care Level : Easy
Size : generally up to 6 inches (15 cm)
Water Parameters : pH 6 - 8 | Temperature : 68°F - 77°F (20°C - 25°C) | Water Hardness : 2° to 20° dH
Lifespan : 3 to 4 years
Origin / Habitat : South America, Amazon River basin and tributaries
Temperament / Behavior : Peaceful but may be territorial with conspecifics
Bristlenose Pleco Breeding : Check the forum for spawning/breeding info. Lots of posts on breeding these plecos.
Aquarium Size : 30 gallons (115 liters)
Diet / Foods : Eats algae and will appreciate fresh veggies like cucumber and zucchinni. Sinking algae wafers are good to use too.
Tank Region : All over
Gender : Males may have more and longer bristles near the mouth than females.
Author : Mike FishLore
Photo Credit : sannse (wikimedia)
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