Albino Bristlenose Catfish 5cm
Easily one of the world's most popular catfish species the Bristlenose pleco is an excellent addition to any aquarium. The Bristlenose pleco quickly rose to popularity as it is an excellent algae eater and is regarded as an essential clean-up crew for freshwater tanks. It is also a very peaceful fish that breeds easily and stays at a relatively small size in comparison to other plecos.
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Albino Bristlenose Catfish
Easily one of the world's most popular catfish species the Bristlenose pleco is an excellent addition to any aquarium. The Bristlenose pleco quickly rose to popularity as it is an excellent algae eater and is regarded as an essential clean-up crew for freshwater tanks. It is also a very peaceful fish that breeds easily and stays at a relatively small size in comparison to other plecos. Being in the pleco family the Bristlenose are in fact an armored catfish that have dense bone plating all over their body making them a very difficult fish to be eaten by predators. Bristlenose plecos are naturally a dark brown color however the albino Bristlenose pleco is a really unique genetic variant that sports the albino gene. This makes them far easier to spot in the aquarium and they have a really cool almost cream color. every albino is different as well, some individuals can be more on the yellow side whereas others tend to be more of a bone white. Albino Bristlenose is extremely rare to occur in the wild however in the captive environment they are bred easily to price an affordable and different. They are a great addition to planted tanks, peaceful fish aquariums, or a species-only breeding aquarium. Trying to find the males and females in this species is fairly easy. males have a lot of fleshy bristles all over their noses which can look pretty weird but that’s what makes them such a unique species. Females on the other hand lave little to no bristles. Albino Bristlenose though bred in captivity can be fairly shy and naturally, the wild color Bristlenose pleco habitat in South America.
Tank Recommendations for your Bristlenose pleco
The Bristlenose pleco only needs a tank of around 20 gallons (75 liters) as they are a fairly inactive species in terms of not needing a lot of open swimming space. Though species like common plecos can get 60 cm upwards (2 feet) the Bristlenose max out at 15cm. A sand or gravel substrate is perfectly fine but most importantly they will love hiding areas around small pieces of driftwood, rock caves and they will love a densely planted aquarium as well. This species is most active when lights are turned off.
Suitable Tank Buddies
The Bristlenose pleco is extremely peaceful with aggression only ever coming out during breeding males breeding however this harmless behavior. With adequate space, these fish will get along with a wide range of community fish.
Tetras, gouramis, corydoras, angelfish, barbs dwarf cichlids such as rams, and large peaceful cichlids such as Uaru or Severums.
Semi-aggressive or territorial cichlids like jack Dempsey's, fire mouths, convict cichlids, and similar species.
large aggressive species such as African cichlids, Oscars, and Jaguar cichlids. These species may try to eat the Bristlenose pleco which could end in death for both fish. Because of the dense bone and armor plating, the plecos often get lodged in the predator fish’s throat.
Feeding your Albino Bristlenose Pleco
Bristlenose plecos will easily take to a wide range of food and are arguably one of the easiest fish to feed. The Bristlenose are regarded as ‘wood eaters’ meaning they can easily sustain themselves eating aquarium driftwood. The best type of wood being Malaysian bogwood. They also eat algae and decaying plant matter but will also eat sinking aquarium foods like sinking pleco wafers. This can be supplemented with blanched veggies like zucchini and pumpkin. Feeding should occur once a day and it is best to do so when the lights are off.
|Scientific Name||Ancistrus Species|
|Common Names||Bristlenose, cleaning catfish, bushy nose pleco, ancistrus pleco, bristlenose pleco|
|Max. Length (cm)||15|
|Min. Tank Volume (l)||75 Litres|
|Water Conditions||24-26° C (75-79° F), pH 5.0-7.0|