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marshallsea 08-14-2012 06:47 PM

Bristlenose Pleco question
 
I love the prehistoric look of a Pleco and want to add one in my tank. I have a 20g with 4 Platys and a few fry. GH-19, KH-4, PH7.5. I want the smallest breed possible, would that be a Bristlenose? Is my water too hard? If so, can I mix R/O water to soften it a bit? Can a Bristle nose be happy as the solitary Pleco?

jaysee 08-14-2012 08:56 PM

Most plecos are generally solitary creatures. Clown plecos are the smallest I can think of, though there are peckoltias that are smaller.

marshallsea 08-14-2012 09:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jaysee (Post 1199947)
Most plecos are generally solitary creatures. Clown plecos are the smallest I can think of, though there are peckoltias that are smaller.

Thank you.

flight50 08-17-2012 12:28 AM

Not sure exactly what species I have but her max size is about 5 inches. She has been the lone pleco in my 55g and now in my 29 for a couple of years. She has been fine going solo in both tanks. But this is without seeing how she reacts with another BN. I have noticed that she hides more in my 29 now. I use R/O water regardless because I keep cardinals considering my tap is ph7.6

marshallsea 08-22-2012 12:36 AM

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Originally Posted by flight50 (Post 1202860)
Not sure exactly what species I have but her max size is about 5 inches. She has been the lone pleco in my 55g and now in my 29 for a couple of years. She has been fine going solo in both tanks. But this is without seeing how she reacts with another BN. I have noticed that she hides more in my 29 now. I use R/O water regardless because I keep cardinals considering my tap is ph7.6

How can I tell if my BN is male or female?

jaysee 08-22-2012 07:34 AM

If it has bristles on its face, it's a male. If not, it's a female. I'm not sure at what size they start to develop - mine is a female.

marshallsea 08-22-2012 01:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jaysee (Post 1209343)
If it has bristles on its face, it's a male. If not, it's a female. I'm not sure at what size they start to develop - mine is a female.

Good to know, thank you.


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