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Author Topic: Tank size for bristle nose?  (Read 1765 times)

kirbyjr

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Tank size for bristle nose?
« on: May 07, 2013, 11:18:58 pm »
Hi all,

Just wondering what you all reckon a minimum tak size for a bristle nose Pleco would be, I have a 60l.  Would it be ok?

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    Re: Tank size for bristle nose?
    « Reply #1 on: May 08, 2013, 12:25:26 am »
    Very borderline there Jim. Any particular reason you want a plec? BN or otherwise?
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    Re: Tank size for bristle nose?
    « Reply #2 on: May 08, 2013, 12:32:56 am »
    He said bn pleco
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    Re: Tank size for bristle nose?
    « Reply #3 on: May 08, 2013, 12:34:09 am »
    My bad ignore last post but anyway what's the smallest size for bn plec
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    Re: Tank size for bristle nose?
    « Reply #4 on: May 08, 2013, 12:38:39 am »
    The limited experience I had with my pair suggests they don't need much space. The male spends most of the time in a cave I gave him, and the female is usually behind a bit of bogwood. When they do come out, they're sucking something so they don't appear to have a need for a great swimming area.
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    Re: Tank size for bristle nose?
    « Reply #5 on: May 08, 2013, 09:13:11 am »
    If you can get one of the smaller ones (can't remember type) that only get to 3", that's fine. The standards BN is 4", so a 2' tank is very close to the lower limit (I'd always try to get a 2'6" minimum). There are slightly bigger ones that get to 5"/6", so it would be too small for them.
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    Re: Tank size for bristle nose?
    « Reply #6 on: May 08, 2013, 10:16:57 am »
    The limited experience I had with my pair suggests they don't need much space. The male spends most of the time in a cave I gave him, and the female is usually behind a bit of bogwood. When they do come out, they're sucking something so they don't appear to have a need for a great swimming area.

    Ahh, but you don't know what they get up to during the night!  *blink*

    They will be a lot more busy then, and will be all over the tank. They also put a large bio-load on the filter so that has to be considered as well.

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    Re: Tank size for bristle nose?
    « Reply #7 on: May 08, 2013, 10:33:34 am »
    I'd say borderline, but there is some other more suitable. Plecoltia brevis, and maybe a bulldog plec instead?
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    Re: Tank size for bristle nose?
    « Reply #8 on: May 08, 2013, 11:33:15 am »
    Ahh, but you don't know what they get up to during the night!  *blink*

    They will be a lot more busy then, and will be all over the tank. They also put a large bio-load on the filter so that has to be considered as well.
    While I don't watch them 24/7, I do also observe them after lights out and they just seem to like sucking a lot! Just in more places. They're not one to fly around the tank.
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    Re: Tank size for bristle nose?
    « Reply #9 on: May 08, 2013, 12:49:58 pm »
    Ahh, but you don't know what they get up to during the night!  *blink*

    They will be a lot more busy then, and will be all over the tank. They also put a large bio-load on the filter so that has to be considered as well.
    While I don't watch them 24/7, I do also observe them after lights out and they just seem to like sucking a lot! Just in more places. They're not one to fly around the tank.

    I'm referring to when all the lights are out. Apart from when they are juveniles during which they are active all the time, (my half grown babies do chase one another around the tank), the adults are more nocturnal. As I said, who knows what they do when in complete darkness. Judging by the amount and distribution of poo, they certainly do move around a lot more than you would think.

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    Re: Tank size for bristle nose?
    « Reply #10 on: May 08, 2013, 01:08:29 pm »
    I'd say borderline, but there is some other more suitable. Plecoltia brevis, and maybe a bulldog plec instead?

    Ive just looked up a plecoltia brevis and they are very nice I wanted a BN from started looking but changed my mind as they are quite messy and eat plants but Im undecided I do like them but they do hide a lot!  I really like the look of these 2 though ! Says the plecoltia brevis is unlikely to eat plants not sure if thats true but I could put it in my 65l and see probabaly wont be much plants in there, thats if I can get my lfs to get one that is!
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    Re: Tank size for bristle nose?
    « Reply #11 on: May 08, 2013, 05:27:42 pm »
    When you say BN, do you mean Ancistrus sp.?

    If it is any help, I have kept Ancistrus sp. in a 65 litre tank with no problem, even as far at one point with a breeding pair at the bottom and a shoal of N.beckfordi at the top that were spawning as well.
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    Re: Tank size for bristle nose?
    « Reply #12 on: May 08, 2013, 10:30:03 pm »
    Thanks for the opinions guys, food for thought. Still not sure so I'll not rush into it.


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