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Bristlenose Problem

Post  endlessendlers on Thu 08 Mar 2012, 11:35

No, It's not an affliction I'm suffering from. Lol. Rather, I'm having a problem finding a female partner for my existing male. I brought a "female" home from my lfs, but the new one and my original fought so violently I became aware it was another male. It's taken me 5 weeks to get another, and I reckon I've ended up with yet another male. The two are wrestling as I write this. Is this behavior occurring because there's a newbie in my bristlenose's territory, or is it because I've got two males?

You will notice from the pics that there are small bristles on top of the nose. I thought females only had them around the lips? My existing male is about the same body length, but has much bigger bristles.

Here's some pics of the newbie:-








My existing Bristlenose:





They seem to be having a respite and the newbie had moved to the opposite end of the tank. I hope they were just getting acquainted, because I don't want to have to tell my lfs owner he got it wrong again. Lol
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Re: Bristlenose Problem

Post  Grummie2 on Thu 08 Mar 2012, 12:24

I'm afraid you've got another male. Female bristlenose rarely have any signs of 'bristles' even around the snout, you will have to tell them to try harder at the lfs.

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Re: Bristlenose Problem

Post  Ghipsi on Thu 08 Mar 2012, 13:31

Yep the new is definatly a male, grab some females from a breeder as the price will be alot cheaper than the LFS.
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Re: Bristlenose Problem

Post  endlessendlers on Thu 08 Mar 2012, 20:46

Thanks both. I more or less knew as soon as I saw this pleco when I got it home that it was a male. Anyhow I spoke to the lfs owner and he says I can take it back tomorrow and exchange it for one the same size with no visible bristles. Fingers crossed. He was quite expensive at £15, but I used some of my credit note. Will post pics of the new newbie when I collect it.
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