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Bristlenose Catfish (Ancistrus temmincki)


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Common Name: Bristlenose Catfish
Proper Name: Ancistrus temmincki
Category: Catfish
Temperature: 23 - 27 C
Temperament Peaceful
Maximum Size: 10 cm
 
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[CENTER][FONT="Arial"] I have a BN in my 47gal planted community and she's a blast! He is constantly on the go, sucking on the glass, dominating the Algae wafer, polishing of a nice bit of algae, or just laying on [I]Echindorus [/I]leaves playing 'Little miss cutie!'. [/FONT][/CENTER]
 
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I am a new member here and i have been searching high and low for a answer to a problem i have a breeding pair of Bristle's which have spawned with a huge army of fry but then they all just disapered i have done watter changes moved ornaments and sifted gravel but have no fry or bodys could be found. the occupants of my tank are. 2 male bristle's 1 female Bristle 2 Bala Sharks numerous guppy's numerous mollys 1 Corry 2 Neon Tetras we did recently have a Angel Fish but we got rid of it after I found it was eating the baby guppys
 
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Very hardy fish. Had a female in our old 15G which grew to about 5", and thrived happily in a community setup. Eventually we had to give her away, as all the other fish had died and we wanted to pack the tank up, but she slotted into a much larger community with no problems. I now have a young 2.5" female, and she too is thriving with the dalmation mollies in my new 15G.
 
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this is a cool fish. I got one a year ago and its doing fine.
 
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@Chud Man-If you're trying to breed them, you should get another smaller tank specifically for that. Haven't yet done it myself, but I would bet any/all of those other fish you mentioned are eating the fry. Too small and delicious to pass up!
 
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I have two albino Bristlenose Plecos (Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus I believe) that I really like a lot. This is one of my favorite plecos due mostly to their size (very small, even when full grown) and their temperament. It seems like there are a ton of varieties of this fish, and my two albinos are probably about a year old and have only gotten to be about 1 1/4" in length. (Someone told me that these were dwarf plecos, and their size seems to support this; my Rubber Lips, Columbian, Common and Sailfin plecos have all doubled in size and I added them to various tanks at about the same time that I got these, which are virtually the same size now as on the day I got them.) If you have a smaller (less than 10 gallon) tank, this is probably the best choice for an algae eating catfish. According to info I have read these can only get up to about 4 1/2", though I have never seen one that had gotten bigger than 3".
 
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Got two of these in my tank and they get on really well still quite small around 5.5cm so dont have bristles yet but they are great medium sized bottom dwellers idff a little shy but do great cleaning
 
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Have 6, love them all.
 
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I have 3 Calico BN's 1/2" still babies. I beleive they live for about 12 years. An important part of a community tank. They cleaned every bit of algae in the tank within a couple of weeks. I'm so glad I got them! I prefer the name BN Pleco over Catfish but it is the same fish.
 
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how will these guys feel about micro sword? mine loves to dig under his driftwood. would the plant cause problems in allowing him to tunnel in that one area?
 
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chud_man ya guppies would be going to town on those fry
 
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One of the most useful fish i have ever had in a aquarium and they can be very hard once they get a bit of size to them

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