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Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.) < 1"

$799 CAD
SKU: 400000017259

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Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.) < 1"

Description

The Bristlenose Pleco, scientifically known as Ancistrus sp., is a type of catfish belonging to the Loricariidae family. When they're under an inch long, they are typically considered juveniles.

  1. Temperature: Bristlenose Plecos prefer a tropical temperature range, generally between 72°F to 80°F (22°C to 27°C). They are adaptable to slight fluctuations within this range.

  2. Minimum Tank Size: For a young Bristlenose Pleco (under 1 inch), a tank size of around 20 gallons should be sufficient. As they grow, they will require a larger tank, ideally 30 gallons or more, to accommodate their adult size.

Feeding Habits: Bristlenose Plecos are primarily herbivores, feeding on algae in their natural habitat. In a home aquarium, they can be fed a diet consisting of algae wafers, fresh vegetables (such as zucchini or cucumber), sinking pellets, and occasionally supplemented with live or frozen foods like bloodworms or brine shrimp.

Habitat Preference: These catfish prefer aquariums with plenty of hiding spots and driftwood, as they naturally inhabit areas with lots of hiding places in rivers or streams. They thrive in tanks with plants and caves where they can find shelter.

Water pH Level: They tend to thrive in slightly acidic to neutral water conditions with a pH range between 6.5 to 7.5.

Behavior: Bristlenose Plecos are generally peaceful and non-aggressive. They are nocturnal and may spend much of the day hiding in caves or crevices.

Schooling or Solitary: They are solitary fish and do not require the company of others of their kind to thrive.

Bottom-Dweller: Bristlenose Plecos are classic bottom-dwellers, often sticking to the lower regions of the tank.

Color and Other Details: They come in various color variations, including brown, green, and albino variations. As the name suggests, they have tentacle-like structures (bristles) on their snouts, more prominent in males. These are not true teeth but play a role in their feeding habits and territorial behavior.

These fish are well-regarded in the aquarium hobby for their algae-eating abilities, making them valuable in keeping tanks clean. Providing a well-balanced diet and suitable tank conditions will ensure their health and longevity in captivity.

Specifications

  • Category
    Plecos
  • Species Type
    Bristlenose Pleco
  • Water Temperature
    72°F to 80°F
  • Minimum Tank Size
    30 Gallons
  • Water pH Level
    Acidic, Neutral
  • Habitat Preference
    Driftwood, Rocky Tanks, Hiding Spots, Planted Tanks
  • Behaviour
    Community Fish, Nocturnal, Solitary, Bottom-Dwelling

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Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.) < 1"

$799 CAD

The Bristlenose Pleco, scientifically known as Ancistrus sp., is a type of catfish belonging to the Loricariidae family. When they're under an inch long, they are typically considered juveniles.

  1. Temperature: Bristlenose Plecos prefer a tropical temperature range, generally between 72°F to 80°F (22°C to 27°C). They are adaptable to slight fluctuations within this range.

  2. Minimum Tank Size: For a young Bristlenose Pleco (under 1 inch), a tank size of around 20 gallons should be sufficient. As they grow, they will require a larger tank, ideally 30 gallons or more, to accommodate their adult size.

Feeding Habits: Bristlenose Plecos are primarily herbivores, feeding on algae in their natural habitat. In a home aquarium, they can be fed a diet consisting of algae wafers, fresh vegetables (such as zucchini or cucumber), sinking pellets, and occasionally supplemented with live or frozen foods like bloodworms or brine shrimp.

Habitat Preference: These catfish prefer aquariums with plenty of hiding spots and driftwood, as they naturally inhabit areas with lots of hiding places in rivers or streams. They thrive in tanks with plants and caves where they can find shelter.

Water pH Level: They tend to thrive in slightly acidic to neutral water conditions with a pH range between 6.5 to 7.5.

Behavior: Bristlenose Plecos are generally peaceful and non-aggressive. They are nocturnal and may spend much of the day hiding in caves or crevices.

Schooling or Solitary: They are solitary fish and do not require the company of others of their kind to thrive.

Bottom-Dweller: Bristlenose Plecos are classic bottom-dwellers, often sticking to the lower regions of the tank.

Color and Other Details: They come in various color variations, including brown, green, and albino variations. As the name suggests, they have tentacle-like structures (bristles) on their snouts, more prominent in males. These are not true teeth but play a role in their feeding habits and territorial behavior.

These fish are well-regarded in the aquarium hobby for their algae-eating abilities, making them valuable in keeping tanks clean. Providing a well-balanced diet and suitable tank conditions will ensure their health and longevity in captivity.

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