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    Quote Originally Posted by MostlyDiscus View Post
    Ya they can latch on. small protion though. Hans if you have BN albinos for sale I am a buyer. Plz let me know. I burn my light 24/7 so there is no night time BN feedings. Ed
    I used to do this, but after joining here and seeing postings on lights n stuff i have started to turn them out and i am having major problems with fish disappearing in the night

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ardan View Post
    The Bristlenose Plecostomus, some facts
    The bristlenose, sometimes called the bushynose,
    plecostomus is a member of the family Loricariidae. These are
    the "suckermouth catfish". Bristlenose are from the genus
    The telltale sign of a bristlenose is the bristles or tentacles on
    the nose of the fish. The males have the longer bristles. The
    body of the fish is protected by "armour". A bony substance
    covering the outer part of the fish, except for the stomach area.
    Bristlenose also have a "round" mouth when compared to
    other plecostomus.
    The bristlenose catfish has an array of sensory organs. First is
    the eye, containing a "flap" that can close as light intesity
    increases. There is not another family of fish that has this. The
    eye is on "top" of the head and can only look upward. This
    does not aid in finding food, but the fish has other senses for
    this. The bristlenose has a very small swimbladder consisting
    of 2 sections connected by a small tube. There are 2 bones
    very close to the swimbladder that vibrate when sounds are in
    the water and this acts as an inner ear for the pleco.
    The lateral line runs down tghe side of the body and very
    close to their "inner ear". This also helps sense things in the
    The bristlenose have a very high level of "taste" as they are
    covered from head to tail with "tastebuds". The mouth is even
    more sensitive to taste.
    The bristlenose is able to take in oxygen in two ways. First by
    passing oxygen rich water over the gill plates, and secondly by
    swallowing air and obsorbing the oxygen through a section in
    the intestine. They can thus "gulp" air from the surface in some
    of the dry season when water levels are low and oxygen
    deficient, or in very muddy streams during the rainy season.
    Bristlenose have a very long intestinal tract to absorb nutrients.
    The covering on the bristlenose also serves as "camoflauge"
    to blend the pleco into its surroundings to protect it from
    Bristlenose are found in many areas of South America,
    ranging in water temperatures of 70F to 90F. They are found in
    a wide area, approximately 60 times the size of the United
    Bristlenose mainly eat algae. Spawning generally occurs
    during the rainy season, when food and oxygen are plentiful.
    Bristlenose also like to search for food in groups. Sometimes
    the first plecos in the group stir up the mud that is covering the
    algae and others follow the cleaned area to feed.
    Feeding the fish can be done by using algae pellets, peas or
    sliced zucchini that has been blanched or cooked in boiling
    water for a couple minutes and then the shells of the peas
    removed. Once a week a bit of protein can be fed either with
    "catfish wafers" or some blood worms.
    Spawning "triggers" are sometimes a water change with
    "cooler" water. Extra aeration may also help. The male will find
    a cave to take up residence, mate with the female and then he
    will watch over the spawn and guard it.


    "Bristlenoses, Catfish with Character" by Kathy Jinkings
    "Exotic Tropical Fishes" by Dr. Axelrod, Dr. Emmens, Dr.
    Sculthorpe, Mr. Vordrwinkler, and Mr. Pronek, TFH Publications

    The first pic is of a female bushynose pleco
    Isn't this an ancient post? I'm kinda getting into BB. I was hoping to find more info on different strains but I sure did learn some stuff I didn't know. They have taste buds all over their body. Imagine having to taste everything on touching your body. Yuck!

    This question is for Jeanne. I have a group of L 144's. They are like my Albinos in color but their eyes don't look blue. Do they have a common name?

    I have a planted 100 gallon free of fish except for them and my grand daddy Magenta snails and a bunch of baby plecos both Albino, brown, and brown with a white tips on their tails. The all brown's bore me, but I like my all of them especially the albinos and more especially the brown white tipped. I know if I but the different strains in the tank will interbreed and I'll have a bunch of muts. What other fish would you suggest putting in with them. I want a schooling fish. The temp of the tank will be 82 or 83. Because the tank is in the fish room with Discus all my tanks have fish that like those temps. Any suggestions? I took the five 4 1/2'' Discus that were in it to the LFS the other day.
    Mama Bear

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