Thursday, December 15, 2011

Albino Bristlenose Plecos

A couple of years ago we purchased several Albino Bristlenose Plecos. These plecos were originally purchased for their uniqueness and we put them in several of our cichlid tanks to keep the algae at bay. We had purchased a new tank and decided to do some re-arranging. We took several lava rocks out of one of our existing tanks and moved them to one of the new tanks. Low and behold, about 2 weeks later there were dozens of tiny little baby albino plecos sucking on the glass. It was awesome. Sadly, none of these little guys survived. So that prompted us to take the two plecos from the tank we took the rocks out of (we had one male and one female in that tank) and put them in their own little tank. A month later, there were in excess of 100 tiny little plecos in there. We kept them all together (mom, dad, and all the babies) and about a month later there were another 100 or more. At that point we decided it was probably best to separate Mom and Dad!

The "babies" are over a year old now and range in size from 2 to 4 inches. We have a few nice large males that already have amazing bristles and quite a few that are starting to show bristles. We also have several females in various sizes available. Albino Bristlenose Plecos top out at about five inches max. The males have bristles all over the front of their face and nose while the females have a smooth face with maybe a small barb here or their. Despite their small size (compared to some other pleco species) these little suckers are excellent at eating algae and keeping your tanks looking nice:)

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