11-07-2006, 11:55 PM
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It's very unlikely to find something of that nature at Petsmart or Petco. I would focus on a private LFS to order what you desire, but please check prices. Most of these species are going to be quite expensive.
As for bristlenose, they are known for eating plants, and are, in fact a vegetarian pleco.
Keep in mind, if it's not a plant eater, it will be a wood eater, so be ready to supply a lot of driftwood for food as much as for hiding.
Many people are disappointed when they buy these types of plecos because they find that they are more nocturnal in most cases, so only show up after the lights are out. They also tend to be very sensitive to water quality, so keeping an eye on water params is a must. These are not easy fish to keep, and I don't suggest them for beginners without first doing a lot of research on your chose type before purchasing it.
If you find these guys for around $20, let me know, because around here that is unheard of. Pricing here starts at about the $40 range, and works up to about $100+.
Let us know what you decide on.
Oh, and if you're looking for a book with the L numbers listed... check the AquaLogs. You will get the most info and biggest selection in there.