Bristlenose Pleco - Planted Tank Mates

Bristlenose Pleco

6″ | Single| 30 gal

PH 6.5 – 7.8 | Peaceful

Ancistrus Cirrhosus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Medium Flow

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 86

PH: 6.5 – 7.8

dGH: 2 – 10

dKH: 6 – 10

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Bristilenose Plecos do well with many nano community fish like Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Mollies and Endlers.  They’re peaceful with other bottom dwellers too, but will be more shy when there are other larger fish.  When keeping more than 1, keep a higher female to male ratio.

Notes

Plecos are nocturnal and prefer warmer waters.  Provide a lot of hiding spaces including plants and caves.  Although they’re algae eaters, their diet cannot solely consist of algae.  Supplement with wafers and other nutritious food, especially when they get older and larger.
They can be sensitive to nitrates, so keep it under control, preferably under 40 ppm.  Males will have tentacles on their heads while females will be more limited to just their snout.  They can change colors to slightly adjust to their environment, but sick Plecos will be dull in color

 

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ImageMale and female bristlenose pleco catfish (Ancistrus cirrhosus).Green laser corydora catfish (Corydoras sp. CW009).Rosy loach fish (Tuberoschistura arakanensis).Orange zebra otocinclus (Nannoptopoma SP.).Horsemen corydora catfish (Corydoras eques).Golden otocinclus (Macrotocinclus affinis).
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Description

6" | Single| 30 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.8 | Peaceful

2.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful

1.25" | 8-10 | 30 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.8 | Peaceful


2” | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

2.5” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6.5-7.3 | Peaceful


2” | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

Content

Ancistrus Cirrhosus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Medium Flow

Parameters

Temperature: 72 - 86

PH: 6.5 - 7.8

dGH: 2 - 10

dKH: 6 - 10

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: Single

Tank Mates

Bristilenose Plecos do well with many nano community fish like Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Mollies and Endlers.  They're peaceful with other bottom dwellers too, but will be more shy when there are other larger fish.  When keeping more than 1, keep a higher female to male ratio.

Notes

Plecos are nocturnal and prefer warmer waters.  Provide a lot of hiding spaces including plants and caves.  Although they're algae eaters, their diet cannot solely consist of algae.  Supplement with wafers and other nutritious food, especially when they get older and larger. They can be sensitive to nitrates, so keep it under control, preferably under 40 ppm.  Males will have tentacles on their heads while females will be more limited to just their snout.  They can change colors to slightly adjust to their environment, but sick Plecos will be dull in color  

Corydoras sp. CW009

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2 1/2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species!

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

Tuberoschistura arakanensis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.25″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 74 – 82

PH: 6.5 - 7.8

dGH: 8 - 12

dKH: 4 - 8

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 8-10

Tank Mates

Neocaridina Shrimp, Amano Shrimp, Neon Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Guppies and Otocinclus

Notes

Rosy loaches are one of the few nano size members in the loach family.  They're active bottom feeders but are generally peaceful with the community.  They can eat small snails and baby shrimp, but most adult shrimps are too big for their mouths and generally safe.

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Nannoptopoma SP.

Characteristics

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Beginner

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Herbivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 6 - 15

dKH: 4 – 10

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6

Tank Mates

Cardina and Neocardina Shrimp, Cardinal and Neon Tetras, Zebra Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish and Guppies, Zebra Loaches, Yoyo Loaches

Notes

Otocinclus are very hardy and one of the most peaceful nano catfish you'll ever find.  They're true herbivores and wont eat baby shrimp fry.  They're also a shoaling fish, so when kept in larger groups they'll swim around together from one feeding point to another.

Corydoras eques

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2 1/2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 78

PH: 6.5 – 7.3

dGH: 4 - 12

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Dwarf Corydoras are great tank mates with most shrimp species!

They're also great with Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Smooth sand or gravel substrate preferred.  They're not solely algae eaters, so provide wafers and other foods as well.  Careful with aggressive fish eaters as they may not get enough nutrition at the bottom of tank.

Macrotocinclus affinis

Characteristics

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Beginner

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Bottom of tank

Diet: Herbivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 6 - 15

dKH: 4 – 10

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6

Tank Mates

Cardina and Neocardina Shrimp, Cardinal and Neon Tetras, Zebra Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish and Guppies, Zebra Loaches, Yoyo Loaches

Notes

Otocinclus are very hardy and one of the most peaceful nano catfish you'll ever find.  They're true herbivores and wont eat baby shrimp fry.  They're also a shoaling fish, so when kept in larger groups they'll swim around together from one feeding point to another.

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