I got a 36G bowfront for Christmas, and it's currently housing my fledgeling sorority, some tetras, and a few catsfish. My originaly purchased suckerfish (I don't know what kind, he was about 7 inches long and as skinny as a pencil...at the thickest part) didn't make it through the round of ich medication (Thanks tetras!). Everyone really liked him though, so I went looking for another once the tank was all re-settled and cleared. Did not find one, but the store *did* have some absolutely gorgeous longfin bristlenose plecos. The fish manager said they only grow to be about 6-9 inches long, unlike the regular plecos which I know grow to be fishzillas.
Is he correct on this? Would a bristlenose be good in my 36?
Yay! I've been scared to get plecos after hearing horror stories about them turning into carnivores, but if I remember correctly brittle nose ones don't do that!
They are adorable too! I'm going to stick with oto's for now though!
They did still have some, so my 36G is now home to a longfin bristlenose pleco! (S)he (is there any way to tell?) is very good at hiding, and while not hiding is very good at tail-swishing. And quickly found the little spots of algae that were starting to show up on the back wall of the tank.
Yes, I had read about them needing a bit of driftwood to gnaw on. I have two options - I have a nice piece of driftwood I found on our local lake beach...would something like that work? Or too many unknowns? I could also search my local stores to find a piece of mopani this weekend for him/her. This must be a young one, no bristles yet. Are plecos generally nocturnal? I can never find him when the tank "daylights" are on, but once it switches over to the moonlights, he shows up out in the open.
Size and behavior depend on what kind of pleco. There are many many different species. The plecos often sold as "common" plecos grow up to prey on smaller fish. They may be okay as juveniles, but could be aggressive as adults. Panaque (the royal plecos) need a regular supply of wood and fresh vegetables, otherwise they may become malnourished.
Bristlenoses require wood in their diet for digestion and to hide in. They get stressed out if they don't have a place to retreat to. They are not very demanding nor very aggressive. Bristlenoses aren't just one species but many species; on average, their maximum size is around 5 or 6 inches. Bristlenoses are omnivores, so you can feed him sinking pellets, algae wafers, and vegetables and fruit. All plecos are nocturnal, so don't expect to see much activity in the daytime. Feed your pleco at night, so food isn't just sitting around. Hope that helps. =)
Very well describing a BN's habits. Mine is a coward unless I have fresh blanched zucchini clipped in the tank. That will always lure (I think) her out. She always pounces on shrimp pellets when I try to feed the corries. And 99% of the time she hides in or under or somewhere on the driftwood.
This is my girl. Caught her after lights out. She's very shy, and slightly plump when you see her attached to the glass.