Can work with smaller cichlid species. Description: The bristlenose pleco, Ancistrus temminckii and related species, is a wonderful fish to have. They come from South America. There are dozens of Ancistrus species. Like many plecos, they love to eat algae.
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One of the most popular species of Pleco fish you will find in home aquariums all over the globe. Also known as the Bushy nose Pleco, these easy to care for tropical freshwater fish are perfect for beginner aquarists, and advanced aquarists alike. Most commonly found in the Amazon river basin of South America, the Bristlenose Pleco is a hardy fish which can survive and thrive in a variety of different habitats.
If you have already read our article on the 12 best algae eaters for a freshwater aquarium , you will already know how highly we recommend the Bristlenose Pleco as an algae eating fish. Not only are they incredibly hardy and easy to care for, but their sheer size allows them to consume massive amounts of algae in a short amount of time, as opposed to a smaller algae eater such as a snail or a shrimp.
While the Common Pleco can grow in excess of a foot long, the Bristlenose Pleco will generally grow to a maximum length of around 6 inches, making them perfect for home aquariums with at least 30 gallons of water or more. If you own a larger tank, then a hang on back filter and a sponge filter will generally do the job, but if you want to be safe, we would recommend investing in a quality canister filter. In terms of the best water temperatures and pH range for Bristlenose Plecos, we would recommend anywhere from degrees Fahrenheit, and a pH range of 5.
Bristlenose Plecos are an incredibly hardy fish, so the temperature and pH range is a bit broader than you would expect for a more fragile fish. When setting up your tank to accommodate the Bristlenose Pleco, you should keep this in consideration.
A large piece of wood, a piece of PVC piping or a plant pot are a few examples of hiding places that will suffice. What Do Bristlenose Plecos Eat? The two main pieces of information to take away from this article regarding the Bristlenose Pleco diet is that they are bottom feeding fish, and are predominantly vegetarian.
This tells us two things.. Bristlenose Plecos LOVE plant based foods and require them to be in tip-top condition, and any fish foods that are fed to them need to sink to the bottom of the tank. The one that we use and recommend is the Tetra Pro Pleco Wafers.
However, as always, make sure you remove any leftover vegetables from the tank within a day of feeding them, as to prevent them from fouling the water in your tank. Bristlenose Plecos, being a predominantly vegetarian fish, do require a large amount of fiber in their diets to stay healthy. If that is the case, then the Bristlenose Pleco will need to obtain fiber from somewhere else. Logs of wood such as drift wood are made up of fibrous matter , which can provide the Plecos with all of the fiber that they need.
As we previously mentioned, Bristlenose Plecos are fantastic algae eating fish, so a large part of their diet will be built up of algae. To supplement their love for algae, and to keep them as healthy as possible, you can also offer them an algae wafer from time to time. Another tip to keep in mind, if you are ever going to consider breeding your Bristlenose Pleco, is that you can encourage the breeding cycle by offering them live, and frozen foods such as daphnia, bloodworms and blackworms.
Plant based wafers and pellets, and plenty of green vegetables will be more than enough to keep them happy. Breeding Bristlenose Plecos If you are interested in breeding the Bristlenose Pleco, then you are in luck, as they are one of the easiest Pleco fish to breed at home.
The first part of the breeding cycle is to induce spawning. To increase the chances of a successful breed, we would recommend at least a 2 to 1 ratio of females to male. Remember the hiding place that we mentioned earlier? This is where your Plecos will generally breed, so make sure there is plenty of space for them to do their thing. The only other tip when trying to induce spawning is to make sure you are feeding the fish plenty of high quality food. More live foods would be recommended during this time.
The male Pleco will find his territory, and will make it his won, defending it from the other male Plecos in the tank, if you have any. Male Bristlenose Plecos are very territorial, and when they are looking after their eggs, they will be constantly having to defend themselves from other fish in the tank.
The eggs will hatch around 10 days later. To increase the chances of a successful breed, you can simply transfer the container with the eggs attached to them, to another tank. Once the eggs hatch, the newly born Bristlenose Plecos will begin feeding on algae around the tank. However, the fry can also be fed a variety of foods including Infusoria and powdered spirulina. As the fry start to grow, you can begin introducing more live foods into their diet, and eventually more and more plant based foods and vegetables.
Males tend to grow a lot faster than the females, and the bristles on their noses tend to be much larger in size. You can successfully house Bristlenose Plecos with most other fish in a community tank. Their hardy nature also allows them to feel comfortable in a wide variety of tank conditions. As we mention early during the breeding section, male Bristlenose Plecos can be extremely territorial and competitive when it comes time for breeding, so keep that in mind when deciding on how many of them to purchase.
Other than that, you are free to peacefully house your new Plecos with almost any other community fish. This species of fish is not known to be prone to any specific diseases.
As long as your tank is in good condition, clean and the fish have plenty of hiding places, you should have no problems at all. They will generally live around 20 years if they are looked after correctly, and they are healthy. I love sharing my tips and tricks to help make you a better fishkeeper, so stay updated by following us on Social Media!
You can start with normal mid to top swimmers and live bearers and egg layers at most people do or you can have a bash at something a little more difficult. Now breeding tropical fish can range from every simple stick males and females in a tank and leave them alone guppies! I have picked one of the more common types of pleco catfish and one that is a lot easier to look after and breed than some of the others available. I have of course chosen Bristlenose Plec. The bristlenose is very easy to look after requiring not alot more than a tank with some bog wood, good water flow and filtration. They have relatively simple demands and the most important thing during all of this is ensuring your water quality is tip top, this means regular water changes and substrate vacuuming to ensure any fish poop is dealt with in a timely manner. The natural waters bristlenose live in are mostly soft water which is slightly acidic so the most important thing with your new tank is the PH.
Bristlenose Pleco 2020: Care Guide, Diet, Habitat and Breeding
Kigakasa The Bristlenose Pleco is a brilliant fish for beginner fish keepers thanks to their peaceful and sociable temperament. I recently came across a you lad who was looking to breed bristlenose and was keen on working on something a bit different. Slowly gearing back up into the breeding game after moving and resetting brisltenose all the tanks. January 4, at 4: Once the breedimg hatch, the newly born Bristlenose Plecos will begin feeding on algae around the tank. After all the biggest threat to the welfare of your Bristlenoses will be you and your ability to look after them.