Bristlenose Plecostomus (Albino/Brown)
Ancistrus cirrhosus

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2 - 5

Minimum Tank Size



Brown, White



Water Conditions

74-79° F, KH 6-10, pH 6.5-7.4


General: The bristlenose plecostomus are a benthal (bottom oriented) fish species living within the heavily planted regions of the Amazon River. The bristlenose is well adapted to the poorly oxygenated, stained wetland waters. Bristlenose plecos are primarily herbivorous, as they apply a unique sucker mouth to rasp algal materials off large rocks and woody debris. The bristlenose pleco will reach a length of five inches, and can live over five years in captivity.

Dimorphism: The bristlenose pleco male will have longer bristles than the female.

Fecundity: Bristlenose plecos may produce several hundred eggs per clutch.

Water Chemistry: Acidic 74-79° F, KH 6-10, pH 6.5-7.4

Aquarium Diet: Bristlenose plecos are herbivores and will accept algae wafer, spirulina flakes, and will graze on algae growing in the aquarium.

Compatibility: Bristlenose plecos are typically compatible with peaceful tetras such as pristella tetras (Pristella maxillaris) danios, rasboras, Corydoras, Pencilfish, Apistogramma cichlids, ram cichlids, silver dollars, peceful barb species such as the cherry barb (Puntius titteya), and rainbowfish.

Bristlenose Plecostomus (Albino/Brown) Videos

Author: Grant Stevens