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post #1 of 7 Old 08-14-2012, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Bristlenose Pleco question

I love the prehistoric look of a Pleco and want to add one in my tank. I have a 20g with 4 Platys and a few fry. GH-19, KH-4, PH7.5. I want the smallest breed possible, would that be a Bristlenose? Is my water too hard? If so, can I mix R/O water to soften it a bit? Can a Bristle nose be happy as the solitary Pleco?

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-14-2012, 08:56 PM
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Most plecos are generally solitary creatures. Clown plecos are the smallest I can think of, though there are peckoltias that are smaller.

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Most plecos are generally solitary creatures. Clown plecos are the smallest I can think of, though there are peckoltias that are smaller.
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Not sure exactly what species I have but her max size is about 5 inches. She has been the lone pleco in my 55g and now in my 29 for a couple of years. She has been fine going solo in both tanks. But this is without seeing how she reacts with another BN. I have noticed that she hides more in my 29 now. I use R/O water regardless because I keep cardinals considering my tap is ph7.6
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Not sure exactly what species I have but her max size is about 5 inches. She has been the lone pleco in my 55g and now in my 29 for a couple of years. She has been fine going solo in both tanks. But this is without seeing how she reacts with another BN. I have noticed that she hides more in my 29 now. I use R/O water regardless because I keep cardinals considering my tap is ph7.6
How can I tell if my BN is male or female?

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If it has bristles on its face, it's a male. If not, it's a female. I'm not sure at what size they start to develop - mine is a female.

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If it has bristles on its face, it's a male. If not, it's a female. I'm not sure at what size they start to develop - mine is a female.
Good to know, thank you.

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