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mileshs95 10-16-2011 04:21 PM

Why isn't my bushy nose pleco's nose bushy?
 
hi everyone, today i got a baby bushynose pleco from my LFS and it doesnt have a bushy nose. is this because it is a baby and they don't grow the bristles until later or is it not a bushynose? thanks

chevysoldier 10-16-2011 09:22 PM

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Originally Posted by mileshs95 (Post 863889)
hi everyone, today i got a baby bushynose pleco from my LFS and it doesnt have a bushy nose. is this because it is a baby and they don't grow the bristles until later or is it not a bushynose? thanks

Yes. When they get older, they will get their "bushy" or "bristle" nose. When I got mine, he didn't have it either. You can kind of see how he is now in my avatar. Don'tworry, he'll get there.

1077 10-17-2011 05:53 AM

Could be a young female in which case bristles will be fewer to none, compared to that of Male.
Should be able to tell by three inches ,what the sex is for sure.
Smaller than this,,it is hard to tell IME.

aunt kymmie 10-17-2011 09:29 AM

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Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 864617)
Could be a young female in which case bristles will be fewer to none, compared to that of Male.
Should be able to tell by three inches ,what the sex is for sure.
Smaller than this,,it is hard to tell IME.

Not that I'd ever disagree with 1077 (sacrilege!):
I've decided you can tell male/female at the two inch size. I only say this as I have one of each, aquired both at the one inch mark. My male started getting his bristles when he reached two inches.

mileshs95 10-17-2011 01:27 PM

mine is about 1.25in. i hope it is a male because i want a lot of bristles! they are so cute! thanks guys

trit0n2003 10-17-2011 01:40 PM

he probably shaves when you turn out the lights.. lol jk

diablo13 10-18-2011 05:41 PM

Hrmm, sorry to mooch off this, but 2 inches? I just got a new one, it's about 2 inches, and it only has visible bristles around it's mouth. Interesting....
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