|Max Size:||4 - 5 inches|
|Water:||73 - 82 F; pH 6.5 - 7.5|
Bristlenose Pleco L144a, also known as Spotted Bristlenose or Big-Fin Bristlenose pleco, belongs to family Loricariide, subfamily Ancistrinae. It is widely found in tropical South America. It is peaceful towards other tankmates, but males may be more territorial or aggressive toward other male Bristlenose Plecos. This fish is largey vegetarian and will eat algae and other plant-like material but, generally, will not harm healthy aquarium plants. It is not a finicky eater and will readily accept commercially prepared flakes or algae wafers. You can supplement its diet with slices of potatos, cucumber, zuchini or lettuce leaves by placing them on the bottom of the aquarium or attaching them to the Pleco Feeder. Plecos do not require large aquariums but will appreciate shelter/hiding places such as caves, driftwood or rocks. Water chemistry is not critical and the fish will adapt to a wide range of water conditions. Sexing is fairly easy as the males develop the bristlelike projections on the head. When breeding, the female will lay eggs in a cave, between roots or bogwood and they, as well as the fry, are guarded by the male.