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post #1 of 9 Old 06-04-2012, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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so i got a b/n pleco about a year ago. I originally kept her in a 30 gallon tank with gravel in it. She was completely healthy. then, about a month or two ago, i moved her to a new tank with the only change being sand as the substrate. Now, I noticed that her joints (as in the part that connects her fins to her body) are reddish in color. Sometimes, the area just below her mouth is red too. Also, occasionally even her back seems slightly reddish! I thought it was abrasion against the sand, but there is one catch. The reddish part only appears occasionally. Sometimes she looks completely healthy, with normal coloration, while other times she doesn't. There is no pattern to any of these symptoms, as she is cleaning all surfaces equally. Is she sick? What can I do to help her?

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-05-2012, 08:05 AM
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Ok.

so i got a b/n pleco about a year ago. I originally kept her in a 30 gallon tank with gravel in it. She was completely healthy. then, about a month or two ago, i moved her to a new tank with the only change being sand as the substrate. Now, I noticed that her joints (as in the part that connects her fins to her body) are reddish in color. Sometimes, the area just below her mouth is red too. Also, occasionally even her back seems slightly reddish! I thought it was abrasion against the sand, but there is one catch. The reddish part only appears occasionally. Sometimes she looks completely healthy, with normal coloration, while other times she doesn't. There is no pattern to any of these symptoms, as she is cleaning all surfaces equally. Is she sick? What can I do to help her?
Will assume she is albino Bristlenose. If so,,I would not worry I have seen this that you speak of with red appearing on back of head,belly,etc, usually around spawning time, or after larger water changes,or after eating different types of food.
Also see this quite a bit as fish get's older and like you say,,it comes and goes.
Regular weekly water changes,variety of foods,would be all I would/could suggest and temps not too warm.

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Will assume she is albino Bristlenose. If so,,I would not worry I have seen this that you speak of with red appearing on back of head,belly,etc, usually around spawning time, or after larger water changes,or after eating different types of food.
Also see this quite a bit as fish get's older and like you say,,it comes and goes.
Regular weekly water changes,variety of foods,would be all I would/could suggest and temps not too warm.

I agree, but will add one thing. Make sure you do have a piece of driftwood for him/her. They do need that in their diet. My BN (not an albino) also sometimes has slight color changes/variations.

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I agree, but will add one thing. Make sure you do have a piece of driftwood for him/her. They do need that in their diet. My BN (not an albino) also sometimes has slight color changes/variations.

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I have a Calico Bristlenose in my tank, and I've noticed that her color lightens and darkens at various times.
I was thinking that it's dependent on what she's up against, her log makes her darker, the sword leaves make her lighter.
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I do have a piece of driftwood in the tank for her to rasp. Also, I would like to note that she is not an albino, just, well, a normal one I guess. I don't know what a calico is, but i don't think its that. Is this normal for plain old b/ns?

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I do have a piece of driftwood in the tank for her to rasp. Also, I would like to note that she is not an albino, just, well, a normal one I guess. I don't know what a calico is, but i don't think its that. Is this normal for plain old b/ns?

A picture would be good, but mine is a "normal" BNP and I do notice small color changes at times. Seems like nothing to worry about.

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post #8 of 9 Old 06-05-2012, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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sorry i don't have any pictures. she is an elusive one. Well so long as the occasional turning red of the underbelly is normal, ill be fine.

thanks a lot everyone!

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sorry i don't have any pictures. she is an elusive one. Well so long as the occasional turning red of the underbelly is normal, ill be fine.

thanks a lot everyone!

As long as substrate is smooth, and no other sharp object's in tank to scrape the belly of this fish, I would not worry too much.
I assumed an albino, for it would be difficult for ME to note redness on normal coloration of these fishes.

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