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My Bristlenose Pleco has no bristles!!!

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My Bristlenose Pleco has no bristles!!!
Old 06-27-2014, 11:41 PM   #1
 
My Bristlenose Pleco has no bristles!!!

Hello everyone, So about 7-8 months ago I bought what was advertised as an "Albino Bristlenose Pleco". It was less than an inch, so tiny. In that time it has tripled in size (approx. 3 inches) its head is about the size of my index finger, and no sign of bristles at all, completely smooth and rounded as a standard pleco. It was only $6.00, same price as the other baby plecos in the store. It is a beautiful pleco, I absolutely love it. Very active all day long, very healthy. Does anyone know at what size it should (or should have) started growing bristles. Or do I just have an Albino Pleco. Unfortunately my camera is not working, so no pictures Also any info on sexing plecos would be awesome, so I can stop referring to it as "it" Thanks everyone for your time.
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:32 AM   #2
 
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Most likely it is a female as the females have no bristles or a select few!
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:18 AM   #3
 
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bristle nose pleco with no bristles!

I bought two tiny albino bristle nose plecos about a year ago. One is twice the size of the other and fully bristled! The other is bristle-less. They are on their third cluch of eggs and I have 24 2 month old fry ready to go to new homes!

I would definitely say that you have a female!!
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:00 AM   #4
 
chances are its a female, some never get any bristles, or very few
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Old 07-01-2014, 02:38 PM   #5
 
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bristle-less pleco

So here a photos of my breeding pair ---- Female has NO bristles!
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:20 PM   #6
 
Thank You Everyone, all the info was incredibly useful!! HappyHappy, great photos, beauties. Any chance there might be a way to sex juveniles? Would love to get a guy for my girl. Unfortunately the only available B/N plecos available are tiny (1" or less).
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:22 PM   #7
 
OOOPS!!! MAJOR TYPO!!!! Its happypappy. SORRY!!
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:58 AM   #8
 
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I see if you can look online like craigslist and see if there are any bristlenose males in your area - or facebook... Just make sure your getting bristlenose catfish/pleo, not the common pleco!
Or if you don't want to go with the online route, just buy 2 - 3 more youngers, you bound to have a male and then you can sell off the others...
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:11 PM   #9
 
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Male BN pleco

I just got lucky. I bought two and they were a pair. I have some fry now and am sure one or two to be male since they are twice the size of the others --- but still would not bet on it. I would agree with previous post to buy 2 or 3 and you will be able to tell as they grow. My male is almost twice the size of the female......
Any chance you live close to charlotte NC??
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:22 PM   #10
 
Thanks AussieJJdude and happypappy , Yeah I'm gonna keep trying, I live in southern Arizona, aside from Petsmart and Petco, There's only 1 specialty store reasonably nearby that does special orders. I don't know about the rest of the country, but I miss the "good-ole days" when there where specialty shops EVERYWHERE!!! Back in the mid 80's, my first part-time after school job was at a petshop cleaning aquariums everyday. Ahh, memories!
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