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SeaSerpant 02-18-2008 09:00 PM

Albino Bristlenose pleco?
do you see the bristles when it is a juvenile and if it doesn't what does it look like?

fish_4_all 02-18-2008 09:49 PM

My LFS has 2 of them and they are very small, less than 2 inches long. There are no bristles on them that I could see at all. They looked little little gray white plecos. I could not see any distinguishing marks on them that would tell me they were albino.

Cody 02-18-2008 10:40 PM

Males usually develop their bristles around 3-4" (sometime 2.5"), while females get smaller bristles at around 4-5".

SeaSerpant 02-19-2008 06:12 PM

so i could have a bristlenose and not know it?

Cody 02-19-2008 06:30 PM

You might. How big is he right now?

Could you post any pics?

SeaSerpant 02-19-2008 06:52 PM

i would say hes about 3-4 inches in length and here are some pics

So what do i got? a normal common albino pleco or a albino bristlenose pleco?

SeaSerpant 02-20-2008 07:38 PM


fish_4_all 02-20-2008 07:58 PM

From the pictures I would say that they are not Bristlenose and they aren't albino either. This could just be from the pictures but they look nothing like any albino I have ever seen and at 3-4 inches they should have distinct barbels already. Might be a different species of albino but I don't know.

Check those images out and see if they even come close. I could not find a BN that matches your pictures.

The 3 BN plecos I had in the past were under 3 inches when I got them, 2 males and 1 female and they had very distinct bristles already and were very easy to distinguish male from female.

SeaSerpant 02-20-2008 08:40 PM

so any idea what it is?

Zule 02-20-2008 09:06 PM

That looks like something I've seen at petsmart. They were about 4-5" each, labeled as "chocolate albino" plecos, or some variation of that term. I don't know it that's an actual species, but I hope that helps.

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