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post #1 of 21 Old 10-16-2008, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Bristlenose Pleco

Bristlenose questions:

About a few weeks back I purchased a little albino bristlenose. He's as cute as can be and about 1 1/2" long. I selected a bristle for the sole reason that they don't destroy plants & that they stay relatively small as far as plecos go.

This morning I noticed that one of my swords has leaves with rows of little holes going all the way up, all the way down. This is the first damage I've seen in on any of my plants so I'm pretty sure only the pleco can be at "fault".

So, I'm thinking, did I not get a bristlenose? At 1 1/2" does a bristlenose already have bristles? This little guy has none and I was told that it takes awhile for them to grow. Maybe it's a common pleco that was sold to me which would explain him munching on the plants? He's got plenty of driftwood to munch on and he also eats the spinach I feed the ottos. I don't think it's the ottos eating the plants...

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post #2 of 21 Old 10-16-2008, 09:08 PM
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Do you have a picture of your ABN? Are there snails in the tank?
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post #3 of 21 Old 10-16-2008, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Pics...the bane of my existment. I've been trying to take photos but my camera is sheeet. I'll be correcting that soon! I'll try to borrow one so I can get a shot. There are no snails in the tank.

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post #4 of 21 Old 10-16-2008, 09:49 PM
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I have an ABN in a 50gal tank with angelfish, otos, corydoras, rummynose & pristella tetras. Haven't seen anyone of them eat the plants.

ABNs in particular are not known to eat plants although they may nibble on them every once in a while.

What other fish are in your tank?
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post #5 of 21 Old 10-16-2008, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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I've got dennisoni, clown & yoyo loaches, ottos, bolivian rams & one pictus & the one ABN. The tank has been set up for months and up until now have not had any plant damage. If I post a pic you'll able to tell if it is indeed an ABN? He's so darn tiny, part of why I can never find him. I will get a pic though....

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post #6 of 21 Old 10-17-2008, 01:22 PM
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Sounds like you could have a female albino bristlie there - females don't all develop bristles and mine never have.

With a photograph we'll be able to tell though

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I'm working on getting a pic. I almost had one this morning but he/she darted under some driftwood before I could get the shot. I'll keep trying....

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post #8 of 21 Old 10-23-2008, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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This is the best I could do with the camera I had. It was sold to me as an albino bristlenose. Is there any way to confirm this? The little guy eats spinach like it's leaving the planet tomorrow. (How do I attach pictures so they aren't so darn big??)


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post #9 of 21 Old 10-23-2008, 03:10 PM
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Yep, looks like a female bristlenose to me

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post #10 of 21 Old 10-23-2008, 03:12 PM
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little cutie :)
looks like one to me too. :)
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