Originally Posted by LisaC144
I like the bristlenose pleco and if you look around on this forum, many people agree. They are pretty easy to find in your LFS and they grow to about 5". Perfect for your 55g.
I love them too but like I said in my original post - I had 2 and both died. My tank has been established for just over 2 months now and in those two months I have had 2 young BN pleco's die on me. Maybe young ones are just more fragile? Just finding adult ones in my LFS is very slim. I do want to try again but not at the risk of having another one die.
I can't help but think I am doing something wrong. I have enough algae to go around plus daily wafers for my bottom feeders plus I occasionally give cucumber or zucchini. I also do weekly water changes of 25% and vacuum weekly. The BN pleco's were bought at two different LFS's at two different times - when the first one died (aka committed suicide) I waited a few weeks before buying the second one who didn't thrive and only lasted 1.5 weeks in the tank.
The first one climbed onto the top my decoration backdrop (wall) - it's about .75-1 inches thick - there is no water there - I assume he suffocated.