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post #1 of 26 Old 02-18-2008, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Albino Bristlenose pleco?

do you see the bristles when it is a juvenile and if it doesn't what does it look like?

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post #2 of 26 Old 02-18-2008, 09:49 PM
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My LFS has 2 of them and they are very small, less than 2 inches long. There are no bristles on them that I could see at all. They looked little little gray white plecos. I could not see any distinguishing marks on them that would tell me they were albino.
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post #3 of 26 Old 02-18-2008, 10:40 PM
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Males usually develop their bristles around 3-4" (sometime 2.5"), while females get smaller bristles at around 4-5".
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post #4 of 26 Old 02-19-2008, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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so i could have a bristlenose and not know it?

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You might. How big is he right now?

Could you post any pics?
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post #6 of 26 Old 02-19-2008, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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i would say hes about 3-4 inches in length and here are some pics





So what do i got? a normal common albino pleco or a albino bristlenose pleco?

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post #8 of 26 Old 02-20-2008, 07:58 PM
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From the pictures I would say that they are not Bristlenose and they aren't albino either. This could just be from the pictures but they look nothing like any albino I have ever seen and at 3-4 inches they should have distinct barbels already. Might be a different species of albino but I don't know.

http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...?species_id=49
http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...?image_id=4850

Check those images out and see if they even come close. I could not find a BN that matches your pictures.

The 3 BN plecos I had in the past were under 3 inches when I got them, 2 males and 1 female and they had very distinct bristles already and were very easy to distinguish male from female.
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so any idea what it is?

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post #10 of 26 Old 02-20-2008, 09:06 PM
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That looks like something I've seen at petsmart. They were about 4-5" each, labeled as "chocolate albino" plecos, or some variation of that term. I don't know it that's an actual species, but I hope that helps.
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