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fishyinpa 01-03-2011 08:00 PM

BN Pl*co
 
So I wanted to share with you guys my (as of now) tiny BN pleco. So cute. And sure poops alot. Seesh. But he(or she) likes the mopani wood I put in there. Which did tint my water even though I soaked and boiled it,but I think it looks nice. Funny story,I came home just a bit ago and was checking on him. I was searching high and low in that tank,like where the heck is he! Turns out he was right in front of my face,blended in with the sand LOL. :lol:


Look at the poo wow outta that tiny fish!

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shinybetta 01-03-2011 10:54 PM

Nice! Mine poops a lot too!

fishyinpa 01-04-2011 08:39 AM

Thanks. He has done a good job of cleaning off my plants.

DanMarion 01-04-2011 10:07 AM

I have a female BN Plec in my show tank. She is probably my favorite fish. Definitely developed a distinct personality

fishyinpa 01-04-2011 12:17 PM

How long til you can figure out what sex? I keep calling it he but I really dunno. I read they grow slow too.

DanMarion 01-04-2011 12:23 PM

I only know mine is a female because I've had her for a year, and she hasn't developed any bristles at all. Females get alot less, if any bristles on their faces. Not sure how to tell other than that.

aunt kymmie 01-04-2011 02:32 PM

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Originally Posted by DanMarion (Post 550615)
I only know mine is a female because I've had her for a year, and she hasn't developed any bristles at all. Females get alot less, if any bristles on their faces. Not sure how to tell other than that.

Same here. I've had mine for two years and she's never grown any bristles. The absence of bristles is the only way to tell the difference between he/she, as far as I know.

fishyinpa 01-04-2011 04:50 PM

awesome thanks!

fishyinpa 01-22-2011 09:29 AM

So this little guy has been moved to my 38,lots of algea for him in there to devour. I got another bushy/bristle nose plec,this one being brown and older than my albino as it has tons of bristles on its nose. I also got very happy when I noticed my lfs had panda corys again! So I had to get some,haha. The pandas and new plec are in my qt tank. I do have a question though,he still seems stressed. As in his coloring is still blotchy and some areas pale. I know they darken up when settled in. Just wondering how long it takes one to settle? Ive kept the light off in the kitchen and covered the tank to help him. The pandas seem fine though.

fan4guppy 02-04-2011 08:53 PM

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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie (Post 550735)
Same here. I've had mine for two years and she's never grown any bristles. The absence of bristles is the only way to tell the difference between he/she, as far as I know.

The name Bristlenose Plecos has several members of the Genus ancistrus unfortunately, it is like the Common Pleco with last count being around 12 species sold in pet shops under the name Common Pleco and then there are hybrids in most of the Loricoridae Family that aquarists should be informed about..

However I was able to find out a little more about sexual differences and this is species specific but there is other means of sexual identity in some of the species. Which can even include length



Sexual Differences: Most males of the ancistrus species have more and longer tentacles than the females, this is especially true of the A. hoplygenys.
A. cirrhosis: The male has an antler-like bump on its' forehead while the female has a row of short tentacles.
A. hoplygenys: The male is larger with barbs, the female is smaller without barbs.
A. ranunclus: no info found yet


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