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post #1 of 14 Old 02-14-2012, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Just somehthing I was looking into on the database for fish for new fish for my tank and i realized something. On the Bristlenose page it says the Minimum tank size for 1 Bristlenose is 10 gallons. Is that correct. Not trying to question whoever wrote the page or edited it but i was wondering if thats entirely correct.
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post #2 of 14 Old 02-14-2012, 02:33 PM
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Personally I would not put a bristlenose in a 10 gallon, the only algea eater I would do in a 10 are Otos.

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That's what I thought I was just questioning why it was in the database.
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post #4 of 14 Old 02-14-2012, 04:56 PM
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You should PM Byron if its wrong he will fix it. ; )

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I see no problem with a single BN in a 10g. The fish attains 3-4 inches and does not swim. I've often suggested a Whiptail Catfish for a 10g, and the parallel is similar. I myself wouldn't do this, more because the fish would "look odd" or out of place in a small environment proportionally to its own size. But biologically-speaking, if the tank provides what the fish needs, and the aquarist really like this fish and only has a 10g, it would work. And remember, the minimum tank sizes are for the specific fish only, not necessarily including others.

H'mm, I am usually criticized for suggesting large tanks...

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post #6 of 14 Old 02-14-2012, 09:12 PM
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I knew you would know the answer. ; )

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I am not criticizing you. I often say you can put one in a ten gallon tank but then people start jumping down my throat about it. I was just wondering what your reasoning was but it seems it would be the same as mine. I mean if you really want the fish and you have the right water parometers and live plants I don't see anything wrong with it. I often would say i would not add anymore fish with the bristlenose Pleco. I was wondering what you suggest if you think it could thrive with other fish in the tank. Also I am not an expert on Bristlenose's but my local stores for fish suggest the Albino Bristlenose is smaller than the regular bristlenose. I was wondering if you could confirm that fact. I just want to know if that is true or not because I have doubts it is due from my understanding albinism is inherited from the recessive genes of its parents not altering its size and color just altering its pigments.
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post #8 of 14 Old 02-14-2012, 10:49 PM
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by female BN just sits on her leaf all day. I know she eats. she doesnt have a sunken belly, infact shes a little portly. But she just sits on her leaf. She could do that in a coffee mug lol

Maybe she needs to find a job....

I grew mine out in a 10g, put her in a 20g long after a year or so, shes still not that active. She lived with a male betta in the 10g and was fine. I shoulda just left her there...

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post #9 of 14 Old 02-14-2012, 10:56 PM
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My 3 BN's that I have in my cichlid tank are extremely active at night...they clean the algae up something great.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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maybe my girly needs her a man

I notice alot of algae spots that miraculously disappear. My anubias when i brought it home was covered in algae and diatoms, the next morning it looked like a shiney new plant. OTOH im not there anymore at night to watch :(

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