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post #1 of 21 Old 12-29-2008, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Another Albino Bristlenose question

I had posted pics prior of my albino bristlenose as I wanted to be sure he was indeed a bristlenose. The consensus based on the photos was that he was. Last night when feeding the tank I noticed that he came out and was chomping on a cichlid pellet. For some reason I thought that bristles were vegetarian. He has plenty of algae ( ) to consume in this tank and readily takes to spinach so he's not lacking for a food source.

I also noticed that his rate of growth has been enormous. He went from being a one inch little guy to three inches in the space of two months. Is this a common growth rate for a bristle? My biggest concern is that he's actually a common pleco, and if so, I've made a big mistake by putting him in this particular tank. He has no bristles but from what I understand females may or may not develop bristles anyway.

Should I repost a pic for ID now that he's larger?? He's hard to photograph as he hides during the day.

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post #2 of 21 Old 12-29-2008, 05:08 PM
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My bristlies will munch on anything, but the growth rate of yours surprises me. It would be helpful if you could post another picture and we'll have another look

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post #3 of 21 Old 12-29-2008, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, will do. If I'm lucky I can entice him out with a piece of spinach tonight....

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post #4 of 21 Old 12-29-2008, 06:38 PM
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bristlenose plecos will take whatevers going and pull double duty as a scavenger of uneaten food i have one with my puffers and he eats bloodworms,mysis,whiteworm and any other meaty foods with gusto

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post #5 of 21 Old 12-29-2008, 06:48 PM
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plecos are opportunistic feeders, some like the bristlenose lean toward a vegaterian diet. that is a nice growth rate for your pleco.the bristle is one of the smaller plecos but 5-6" is common.
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post #6 of 21 Old 12-30-2008, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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I tried to get a photo of him last night but he was not being cooperative. I'm going to call my LFS today once they open. My guy should have a record of when I purchased him and maybe knowing what his actual growth rate was(is) we will be able to determine if he's a bristle or common??

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post #7 of 21 Old 01-09-2009, 10:14 AM
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my ABN eat just about anything...

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post #8 of 21 Old 01-09-2009, 11:01 AM
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I too received a couple long finned albino bristlenose maybe an inch or inch and a half long some time back. They are well over three inches now. Wish my white spot pleco grew as fast.

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post #9 of 21 Old 01-09-2009, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Do you recall exactly how long some time back is?? (Can you tell I'm a tad desperate about this issue?) I tried taking a picture of him last night (for the six night in a row!) but I just can't get it. I've been keeping the camera right next to the tank for an opportune moment. I think I see it, grab the camera and as soon as I hit the *on* button he zooms off. My LFS was no help in retrieving my date of purchase for this guy. They swear he's a BN but how can that account for the tremendous exponential growth rate?

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post #10 of 21 Old 01-10-2009, 09:14 PM
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lol yeah ABN & BN does grow fast dont they? if my other plecos grow half of its speed...

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3xL134 Leopard Frog
1xL191 Green Royal
1xL204 Flash
1xL009 Smoky
1xL015 Candy Striped
1xL018 Gold Nugget
1xL240
1xL264 Sultan

40GAL
6xABN
2xC032
5xC046
10xC079
1xCW009
2xSterba's Cory
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