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post #11 of 21 Old 01-11-2009, 03:34 AM
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Aunt Kymmie.
I got mine on 8/25/08. I had posted it here the day after i got them and had to search through to find it. I'm looking at mine now and he(finally got noticeable bristles) is closer to four inches from nose to tip of tail but he is long finned.His head grows faster than his length.The female is in 75 gal at home and I rarely see her except during maint.The male is in 29 gal here at work. I don't have computer at home so i use the one here at work to visit with all the fish addicts here as well as other forums.

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post #12 of 21 Old 01-11-2009, 03:51 AM
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i wonder if some shrimp/crab pellets would make him show his face ?
mine go mad for them.or a nice big slice of cucumber perhaps ?

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
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something seeded for you next filter.
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post #13 of 21 Old 01-11-2009, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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It's not a problem getting him to show his face. I see him ALL the time! He just has an uncanny knack for knowing the exact moment I'm getting ready to hit the button on the camera. It's bizarre, really. I can get close enough to him with my hand that he will actually sit in my plam for a second before he darts off. I'm not about to grab him and hold him just for the sake of taking a picture.
But you're right. I could clip a veggie to the side of the tank and I'd bet I'd be able to get a pic.

I talked to my other guy at the LFS (there are two of them) and even though Mundo does not recall when I got him Ralph said it's been at least four months. If that's the case he's really not growing as fast as I thought. Ralph says there is no question that he's a BN as he said he picked these guys out himself from a clutch of BN's that were in a tank with Mom. I'm going to relax about this imaginary growth spurt, assume I've got a BN and eventually I'll get a picture.

Thanks for the info!!

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post #14 of 21 Old 01-11-2009, 05:24 PM
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i hope that he returns to being a joy to watch,instead of a worry. :)

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post #15 of 21 Old 01-12-2009, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Willow. The "Oh crap, he's a common and I'm going to have to break down the entire tank to catch him" worry is now gone and I'm free to enjoy the tank and start focusing on algae elimination

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post #16 of 21 Old 01-13-2009, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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After going thru my paper work it appears I did purchase him four months ago. He was 1" then and he now measures 3 1/2".

He finally decided to show his face last night while the lights were still on. It's the best picture I could get and it's only a head shot but maybe it'll be enough to ID him as a BN? I've been given some tips on how to get a full body shot so I will try that tonight.

In the meantime:
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post #17 of 21 Old 01-14-2009, 07:19 AM
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he's quite a little cutie :)

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
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post #18 of 21 Old 01-14-2009, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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I have never thought of him as cute once he doubled in size. At 1" cute, after that...
Well Lainey, based on this picture do you think he's a ABN?? Tonight I will attempt to lure him out into the light for a full body & fin shot...

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post #19 of 21 Old 01-23-2009, 11:16 AM
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well femalel Bristle nose dont grow bristles (if i remember right)

Males Usualy have little Bumbs on their face when their younge. mine does. im excited for when he grows his beard. :D
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post #20 of 21 Old 01-24-2009, 02:18 PM
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Yeah, what Suicidemonkey said. At 3 1/2", if he doesn't have bristles, he's a she. I've noticed with mine that they take their time to get to 1", then get to 3" in a hurry, then grow much slower from there. My Common BNs (Ancisrtrus cf cirrhosus) are just under 4" SL, (maybe 5" with the tail fin). My albinos are stuck at about 3 1/2". Some of the albinos never get much longer than that, some of them do.

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