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post #1 of 11 Old 01-25-2010, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Do BN's prefer to be in pairs

I've got a nice big male bristlenose (about 8 inches) with huge bristles. He seems happy and active in the evenings (in his cave most of the day). Would he be happier in a pair and if so would it make any difference the age of a new companion. And if he would be happier in a pair how do you "sex" a young female BN?

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-25-2010, 04:26 PM
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hi
i don't think they need another,he may find it an intrusion(sp)of his space.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-25-2010, 05:22 PM
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I've read that it's very common for two male bristles to fight for territory so unless you got a female (and wanted lots of babies) I wouldn't do it.

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post #4 of 11 Old 01-25-2010, 06:04 PM
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my BN and my black pleco will sometimes ram eachother for space on the glass (not that there isn't a 46 gallon tank worth of space to suck onto). other than that they stay on opposite sides of the tank. i think they would both be happier without the other haha.

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post #5 of 11 Old 01-26-2010, 04:40 PM
I agree from what I've read and seen on youtube

I've read that they are okay in multiples when young, but then get territorial over time.

My BN, under a year old I believe, has recently taken to "claiming" his algae tab by bumping around his body when the loaches, formerly welcome guests on the tab, will eat around his mouth.

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post #6 of 11 Old 01-26-2010, 04:57 PM
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Are you sure it's a Bushy nosed pleco? They only get to be 4-5 inches max full grown. You said yours is 8" big maybe it's a common pleco they can grow to about 12". I have had more then 2 and the bigger one would chase the other smaller ones away and take over all the bottom pellets. Unless you want lots of babies I say 1 would be ok and yours is a big one at 8".
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-26-2010, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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cheers steph,

Think I'll leave him to be lord of the manor and the BIGGEST daddy in the tank

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Are you sure it's a Bushy nosed pleco? They only get to be 4-5 inches max full grown. You said yours is 8" big maybe it's a common pleco they can grow to about 12". I have had more then 2 and the bigger one would chase the other smaller ones away and take over all the bottom pellets. Unless you want lots of babies I say 1 would be ok and yours is a big one at 8".
Defo a bristlenose, I'll post a photo shortly....he's huge!!!

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post #9 of 11 Old 01-26-2010, 06:45 PM
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Post a pic of that bad boy. I've never seen a bristle that large before!!

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post #10 of 11 Old 01-27-2010, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Haven't got a good one yet with something to show scale, as soon as I move he's off like a shot. Only just in from work and busy tonight but I'll get a good one up soon. Here's a cracker of him face on....i'm sure he's smiling

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