As far as I know bristlenose plecos are herbivores. Today one of my hi-fin variatus platies went missing.
She had been ill for awhile, not eating much.
So, I pulled the plecos cave/bubbler out of the gravel, and up pops the mangled partially eaten body
of the female platy. It was definitely partially eaten. None of the other fish have ever entered the
plecos little under-gravel cave that I have ever seen. Seems unlikely the platy would have ventured
in. So did the pleco drag it in there? Or maybe she wondered in while he was munching a cucumber, he came
back, and protecting his cave/territory killed it. The pleco killing the intruder makes sense, but then eating
it? That is the interesting part.
In the attached pictures the platy's flesh was clearly eaten away, as was her rear fin and side fins.
She had all black body and it is now white where eaten.