Common Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.) - Small

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The Bristlenose Pleco

(Ancistrus sp.) also known as the Bushynose Pleco is a freshwater fish native to South America. They have a distinct appearance with short, bushy tentacles on their noses, which they use to help them find food. Bristlenose Plecos come in a variety of colors, ranging from black to brown to albino. They prefer a well-decorated aquarium with plenty of hiding spots and plants to graze on. Bristlenose Plecos are peaceful, hardy and easy to care for, making them popular in the aquarium hobby.

  • SOLD SIZE: about 1.5"
  • Origin: South America
  • Max size: 4-6 inches (10-15 cm)
  • Recommended tank size: 20-30 gallons for one pleco, with additional 10-20 gallons per additional pleco
  • Water temperature: 72-82°F (22-28°C)
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Diet: Herbivorous, primarily algae and plant-based foods
  • Life span: 5-7 years in captivity