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!'.
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
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
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.
@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!
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".
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.
Have a 4 inch BN female in my tank now and she is just super at keeping the algae away. Have had her about 3 months now and she was recommended by a salesman at a Petsmart store cause I was having some algae problems. She had the tank as algae free as could be in 3-4 weeks. Highly recommend if you have algae problems.