Bristlenose Plecostomus (Albino/Brown)
2" - 5"
Minimum Tank Size
Acidic (5.6 to 7.2 pH), soft water (3 to 6 dGH), 68 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit
General: The Bristlenose Plecostomus (Ancistrus cirrhosus) are a benthal (bottom oriented) fish species living within the heavily planted regions of the Amazon River. The Bristlenose is well adapted to the nearly anoxic (poorly oxygenated), stained wetland waters. The Bristlenose is primarily herbivorous, as it applies a unique sucker mouth to rasp algal materials off large rocks, and woody debris. The Bristlenose will reach a length of five inches, and can live over five years in captivity.
Fecundity: The Bristlenose (Ancistrus cirrhosus) may produce several hundred eggs per clutch.
Preferred Water Chemistry: Acidic (5.6 to 7.2 pH), soft water (3 to 6 dGH)
Aquarium Diet (Herbivore): Algae Wafer, Spirulina, Chlorella
Dimorphism: The Bristlenose (Ancistrus cirrhosus) male will have longer tentacles than the female.
Compatibility: Bristlenose are typically compatible with Tetra, Danio, Rasbora, Corydoras, Pencilfish, Apistogramma, Ram, Blood Parrot, Acara, Silver Dollar, Barb, and Rainbowfish.
Author: Grant Stevens