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post #11 of 28 Old 10-16-2011, 08:15 PM
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Based on size, I'd guess the fish is about 3 months at least, but are you measuring the actual body or total length (body + fins)? It makes a huge difference with the longfins, obviously. Since the BN lifespan is about 12 years, the exact age, plus or minus a few months, won't make much actual difference!
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post #12 of 28 Old 10-17-2011, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Im pretty sure he isn't longfin, his fins are a little tattered, though, but I'm still pretty sure. 3 months? Aw, I got a baby <3 he can be fed the normal stuff, not more than usual, right? I give him 1/2 an algae wafer after water changes and 1 whole one after the last waterchange before I go to sleep.
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One More Question: I really like this little dude, so when I can figure out what gender it is, I'd really like another. I've looked it up, my filter can handle it and I'll get more plants, just in case. But anway, I know males can't go together, but can females? And if I just had a pair, would the male stress out the female too much? Thanks!
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One More Question: I really like this little dude, so when I can figure out what gender it is, I'd really like another. I've looked it up, my filter can handle it and I'll get more plants, just in case. But anway, I know males can't go together, but can females? And if I just had a pair, would the male stress out the female too much? Thanks!
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The answers to both questions are in our profile of this fish.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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Really? I checked it out, I only saw the males. I'll check again! Just as a link: Bristlenosed Pleco
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Ok, now I know that 1 male and 1 female can be together. But I didn't see anything about the 2 females?
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Ok, now I know that 1 male and 1 female can be together. But I didn't see anything about the 2 females?
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My fault, I tend to make assumptions and forget that others may not think that way. If a tank will house a pair, it will generally house two females of most species. Two males is a very different thing, if the species is one in which males are territorial. As pleco are.

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post #18 of 28 Old 10-17-2011, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, if it's a male he'll just stay alone, but if it's a female I definately want another :) I keep forgetting to thank you, you wrote most of the profiles I get my info from :)
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edit: If I'm right, as the profile stated, females has short bristles just around their mouth and males have long bristles all over their face, right?
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Ok, if it's a male he'll just stay alone, but if it's a female I definately want another :) I keep forgetting to thank you, you wrote most of the profiles I get my info from :)
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edit: If I'm right, as the profile stated, females has short bristles just around their mouth and males have long bristles all over their face, right?
Yes, if you can discern them. Mature fish are pretty obvious, but the juveniles one often sees in stores are not easy.

I have three Farlowella vittata that have spawned many times, and I have fry from some of them; one male and two females. I still cannot see the male's bristles.

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post #20 of 28 Old 10-17-2011, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Lol, so you just don't tell? Or do you have a guess as to which one is the male? Or is there some other way you tell? Wait, those Farlowella Vittatta......aren't those the ones with the really long snouts? I love those :D
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