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DKRST 10-16-2012 08:10 AM

"Ideal" for Bristlenose?
I'm trying to back-cross some of my Bristlenose/Bushynose (Ancistrus spp) and I started wondering if there is a target "ideal" for appearance? Something like the idea they use at dog shows in comparing competitors to the ideal specimen of the breed.

This is obviously an opinion for each person, but what do you folks think about such items as:
1) Body shape (long and thin, short and stocky, something else?)
2) Body size (smaller or larger is better?)
3) Overall Color (for both albino and brown forms)
4) Fin shape and length
5) Fin edges and coloration

Please share your thoughts on what your "ideal" BN would look like! I'd really like to know. It will help me when I select breeding stock a year or so down the road.


DragonFyre14 10-16-2012 04:33 PM

I'm not sure what most people would consider an ideal bristlenose, but in terms of what you are asking, my, shall we say, dream bristlenose would be as follows:

1) Body shape: Long and thin
2) Body size: larger, but not to the point where they would be too big for about a 10-20 gallon tank
3) Overall Color: Brown/Black with bright white spots
4) Fin shape and length: long flowing fins
5) Fin edges and coloration: dark fins with light tips

This is just my personal opinion and is probably not what most people would consider ideal :)

DKRST 10-16-2012 06:41 PM

Actually, that's about my preference too, although the albinos with super-long fins are nice too!

djembekah 10-16-2012 06:58 PM

i do love my albino BN pleco. long fins and broad, long body would be nice

DragonFyre14 10-16-2012 07:11 PM

The Albino I had (sadly for only a week...) wasn't the best looking (I suspect he was pretty sick comparing him to what my new bristlenose looks like.) I do love the pictures of the albino long fins that I see on the internet. Really wish I could find either a albino longfin or just a longfin. Or better yet a longfin starlight bristlenose :D

DKRST 10-16-2012 10:22 PM

What a "starlight" variety look like?

Never mind, just looked it up - it's a beautiful fish!

DragonFyre14 10-17-2012 04:36 PM

Aren't they? I'd really love to get one, but can't find any in my area. Plus all I find seem to be fairly expensive, and some places say they have different needs than regular bristlenoses...

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