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Okay, so I received a really nice looking male ABN about 2+ weeks ago from a really nice forum member on here. I already had a female. I can always spot my brown female but for some reason I cannot spot the male and he is albino...his color definitely stands out in my tank...When I first got him, he was easily to spot....now...he isn't..I just did a large wc to get the poop from the 2 of them and he didn't come out.....is he somewhere hiding and what are the possibilities why?
 

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You can try and turn out the aquarium light and the lights in the room and then use a dim flashlight to look for him in the aquarium after about an hour or so, they tend to come out more at night time in my aquarium. On the downside however, it has also been my experience that if a fish dies in my aquarium and I do not get it out quick enough something in my tank will eat it and it will just be gone.
 

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If you have wood in the tank most likely he is on it or in it somewhere. Males tend to hide in it during the day and come out at night. Its also possible he may be fanning eggs.
 

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If you have wood in the tank most likely he is on it or in it somewhere. Males tend to hide in it during the day and come out at night. Its also possible he may be fanning eggs.
Yes I have big amount of driftwood......you know, I was thinking he might be guarding eggs also....hmmm...I been looking since the lights went out and I still haven't seen him...well if so I will be needing to find potential homes for when the little ones get old enough
 

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Odds are good that he is simply hiding. Bristlenose are one fish that I have a mixed feeling about. They are interesting enough to be one fish that attracts my granddaughter's attention. So ugly he's cute? But then he is rarely seen so it has become something of a game for her to spend time looking my tank over very carefully like a game of hide and seek. But then why do I keep a fish that I don't see?
One item I've also learned is that they are a hazard to themselves if I'm not carefull. Very easy to lay the rocks and wood out only to find later that a bristlenose is still clinging to it. They are one fish who do not always drop off when it leaves the water. I've killed a few just by letting them dry out in a pile of stuff on the floor.
 

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hmmm well today I still haven't seen him and my female hides wayyy more than she ever has in 1.5 years
 

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Now that sounds rather like an opportunity! Maybe like a good expectant parent you should read up on what to do next? Do you need to pack a suitcase or what?
On the other hand they may already know what they are doing!
 

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Well I decided to do a wc today and removed my dw to see if he was hiding and I still didn't find him...:-(
 

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He is in there, don't worry. I have a small bristle nose hide for weeks on end and only saw him a few times at night on the glass. The tank was only 36 gallons and lightly planted, yet he still managed to escape my eye everyday for weeks. Also if you want them to mate maybe disturbing the driftwood often isn't a good idea.
 
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