Albino Bristlenose Catfish

Albino Bristlenose Catfish 3cm

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Albino Bristlenose Catfish 3cm

Ancistrus species

The Albino strain develops a rich gold colour as it grows. Originally collected from the rivers of the Amazon region and get their name from the whiskers that develop on the Males

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Several different strains of the popular Bristlenose have been developed.  The Albino strain develops a rich gold color as it grows.  
 
Bristlenose plecostomus (Ancistrus genus)
 
First imported into Australia over 35 years ago, through decades of breeding by enthusiastic aquarists, this group of fish now offers many varieties. The original fish were collected from the rivers of the Amazon region. They derive their name from the antler-like whiskers on mature males. Mature females only have limited, or no whiskers.
 
They are a great fish to have in most freshwater aquariums. Inclined to mind their own business and graze on algae, completely non-aggressive. (Every tank should have one.) In fact, they are the perfect algae eaters. If algae aren’t available they are happy to suck on some algae pellets, even flake food that reaches the bottom of the tank. They also love blanched spinach or steamed zucchini. They are not strictly vegetarian either. Beef heart is eagerly “sucked away”. If a tank mate should die and remain unnoticed they will suck it down to bones.
 
Many aquarists have found they will breed in their community tank. They will seek out a cave or find somewhere to prepare a nesting surface under a rock or driftwood. They prefer a hard surface in a secluded place to lay their eggs. The male will guard the eggs. To avoid injury through fighting, it is important that each male has his own suitable “cave”.
 
They are happy in most community tanks, even small to medium size cichlid community tanks. Their bony scales protect them from aggression by bigger tank mates. Mature specimens have a unique defense mechanism on the side of their heads. This is the final defense against being swallowed. They have a cluster of sharp spikes which they raise as a defense against becoming “dinner”. Beware, if you are moving these fish the spikes can become caught in your aquarium net. If this occurs, just stretch out the net until the fish is expelled into the tank. 
 
They will tolerate a wide range of temperatures but recommended temperature range of 23-27C is best, with a PH between 6.5 -8.0, and a hardness range of 80-150ppm, but no more than 250ppm A few rocks with suitable hiding places should be provided. Aquarium driftwood is perfect; some aquarists say it is essential. They can live for over 10 years.

 

More Information
Scientific Name Ancistrus species
Care Level Easy
Common Names Common Names Bristlenose, cleaning catfish, bushy nose pleco, ancistrus pleco, bristlenose pleco
Diet Carnivore
Fish Family Loricariidae
Lifespan (years) 15
Max. Length (cm) 15
Min. Tank Volume (l) 75 Litres
Origin South America
Sociability Peaceful
Venomous No
Water Conditions 24-26° C (75-79° F), pH 5.0-7.0
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