The Pleco Ancistrus cirrhosus, also known as the Bristlenose Pleco or Bushy Nose Pleco, is a popular freshwater fish among aquarists. Here's some information about this fascinating species:
Appearance: The Bristlenose Pleco has a unique and distinctive appearance. It has a stout and compact body covered in bony plates. The most notable feature of this pleco is its bristles or tentacles on its snout, which are more prominent in males. These bristles are used for sensory purposes and also add to their charm. Bristlenose Plecos come in various color variations, including brown, albino, and calico.
Size: The Bristlenose Pleco typically reaches a size of 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) in length. The males are usually slightly smaller than the females.
Behavior: Bristlenose Plecos are peaceful and relatively hardy fish. They are known for their excellent algae-eating abilities and are often sought after as a natural way to control algae in aquariums. They are primarily bottom-dwellers and spend a lot of time grazing on algae and organic matter. They are generally nocturnal and become more active during the evening and night.
Water Conditions: Bristlenose Plecos are adaptable to a wide range of water conditions. They prefer a temperature range of 72-80°F (22-27°C) and a pH level between 6.5 and 7.5. They can tolerate a moderate level of hardness, but it's best to keep the water on the slightly acidic to neutral side.
Tank Setup: Provide the Bristlenose Pleco with a well-decorated aquarium that mimics its natural habitat. They appreciate plenty of hiding spots, such as caves, driftwood, and rock formations. Live plants with broad leaves are also beneficial, as they provide additional grazing surfaces and help maintain good water quality.
Feeding: Bristlenose Plecos are omnivorous and have a voracious appetite for algae. They will happily graze on various types of algae, including green spot algae and diatoms. In addition to algae, you can supplement their diet with high-quality sinking pellets or wafers specifically designed for bottom-dwelling fish. They may also accept blanched vegetables, such as zucchini or cucumber slices.
Tank Mates: Bristlenose Plecos are generally peaceful and compatible with a wide range of community fish. They can coexist with other peaceful species like tetras, rasboras, gouramis, and other small to medium-sized fish. However, avoid keeping them with aggressive or larger fish that may harass or outcompete them for food.
Breeding: Bristlenose Plecos are relatively easy to breed compared to some other pleco species. Males develop more prominent bristles on their snout during breeding season. They are cavity spawners and prefer to lay their eggs in dark and secluded areas like caves or artificial breeding tubes. The male guards the eggs and cares for the fry until they are independent.
Bristlenose Plecos are not only beneficial for keeping your aquarium clean but also add an interesting and unique element to your aquatic setup. Their charming appearance, hardy nature, and algae-eating capabilities make them a popular choice for both beginner and experienced aquarists. With proper care and suitable tank conditions, you can enjoy the presence of Bristlenose Plecos in your aquarium for many years to come.
Size: Approx. 2"
* All Livestock is for Sale in Singapore only and and Not Available for overseas export. Any order received from overseas will be voided and refunded with a 5% admin fee charged.
Pre-Order on Freshwater Livestock:
Unless otherwise stated of availability in-store/online, pre-ordering lead time for livestock typically takes approximately 3-4 weeks for shipment arrival + 1 week of quarantine period before ready for delivery/collection. Once a pre-order has been received, any cancellation/amendment request will be subjected to a 5% admin fee charge of the order value. A full refund maybe requested without any cancellation charge imposed if the pre-ordered livestock fails to arrive after 30 days upon placing the order.
Payment & Security
Your payment information is processed securely. We do not store credit card details nor have access to your credit card information.