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post #1 of 8 Old 05-10-2009, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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BrittleNose Pleco

Can I add one or two birttle nose with the corries I already have???

I have a 55G tank which will soon be ready for fish, I'm just trying to get a stocking idea?

Can these two work together or not??

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-10-2009, 08:14 PM
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I see no reason not to. I've got a bristlenose and he's a peaceful little fish who doesn't bother anyone. I wouldn't hesitate to add one with cories. I've heard that two male bristles will fight over territory. I only keep one so I can't confirm or deny that...

PS. Bristles also need driftwood/bogwood in the tank to chew on as it aids in their digestion process.

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post #3 of 8 Old 05-13-2009, 01:49 PM
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I have two young bristlenose plecos and I think they're both male. They can't stand being near each other for long. Good thing there's only two of them 2-inchers in a 15 g tank so there's lots of swimming room. So far the agression has been mild, since either one of them runs away after a single shove.

I might trade one of them for a female if they grow and do turn out to be both male.

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post #4 of 8 Old 05-13-2009, 02:17 PM
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Two bristlies should be fine together in a 55g. I have kept them together with corys for a few years without any trouble, just make sure there are plenty of hiding places and somewhere for each one to claim as their own territory. Be prepared for a bit of scrabbling between the two - especially around feeding time, but mine have never done each other any damage.

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post #5 of 8 Old 05-13-2009, 02:26 PM
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I think having the driftwood and bogwood is a very good idea that aunt kymmie mentioned. they love hiding places. my friend has some.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-14-2009, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for all the great info everyone! I think I will get two of them and see how it goes....I do need to get some kind of small hiding area for my new tank, I'm still thinking of a landscape, so I may need to factor in the driftwood or caves maybe....
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-14-2009, 08:20 AM
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I have two Bristlenose, The long finned albino, If you get a male and a female they are less apt to quarrel. The males usually are a bit larger than the females and the males have many more bristles on their noses. Hard to sex them until they are about three inches in my view. They do love to rasp on bogwood or driftwood and aren't particular about what they eat. They do need vegeatable's however. I feed mine spirulina flake and pellets along wih romain lettuce and zucchinni? They also like algae wafers and occasional meaty foods like Frozen chopped Krill and or brine shrimp. When you purchase them ,,If you are able,, Look to see that their bellies appear full as opposed to sunken which indicates improperly fed fish. A medium size piece of driftwood or bogwood ,placed in each end of the tank will keep em from squabbling. Also,, these fish like(need) well oxygenated tanks with some current and temp below 82. I think you will love them.

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post #8 of 8 Old 06-01-2009, 02:57 AM
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IMO they should co-exist quite ok
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