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question about young bristle nose plecos

I added 2 young bristle nose plecos to my 100l tank, both of which are about 1.5cm in length.

I know these guys can grow to be 5-6 inches in length so are they ok to be permanent residents in my 100l? I have a bigger 200l tank that is in the process of being set up, so they have a bigger home to go to if/when they out grow their current tank.

Anyway, my main question concerns feeding. Ive had plecos in the past, but they have always been larger than these 2 and i would supplement their diet with cucumber and pleco wafers. The tank they are currently in gets a little sun on one side, so algae is plentiful there and they are already digging into it. Would these little guys like a little cucumber/wafers or are they happy to chomp on algae 24/7?
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Re: question about young bristle nose plecos

cucumber is not so nutritious , but they do like it...
the plecos also need some protein..our breeding pair is in a 20 gal long..maybe 75L for you ? they are fed a number of foods..algae wafers , Plecocaine , a number of different flake foods.spirulina bytes etc.
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Re: question about young bristle nose plecos

I agree with clumsy. They do need protein in their diet. If I'm not wrong, isn't driftwood a source of protein for plecos?

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Re: question about young bristle nose plecos

Driftwood provides cellulose, which aids in the digestion for plecos.

Young Bristlenose will eat algae but not so much when older.
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I added 2 young bristle nose plecos to my 100l tank, both of which are about 1.5cm in length.

I know these guys can grow to be 5-6 inches in length so are they ok to be permanent residents in my 100l? I have a bigger 200l tank that is in the process of being set up, so they have a bigger home to go to if/when they out grow their current tank.
To answer your question about tank size, a 100l tank (about 26g) is about the minimum size for a couple of b/n's but will be Ok.

Just FYI - Males are territorial with conspecifics [males of the same species] and a group should be housed in suitably-sized tanks that have plenty of caves and similar hiding places.

Hope this helps.

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Re: question about young bristle nose plecos

Rather than cucumber try zucchini or broccoli. Just put it in raw, no need to blanch at all. They will also eat many bottom feeder pellet foods and frozen bloodworms, and should have driftwood available which will also provide hiding spots for them. They often like to lie upside down under the wood.
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Re: question about young bristle nose plecos

Mine love zucchini, broccoli, etc. Cucumber is mostly water so it doesnt really do anything for em.

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Rather than cucumber try zucchini or broccoli. Just put it in raw, no need to blanch at all. They will also eat many bottom feeder pellet foods and frozen bloodworms, and should have driftwood available which will also provide hiding spots for them. They often like to lie upside down under the wood.
i'll try some of that thanks. im hesitant to put pellet foods in there as the tank is so big compared to them im worried they may not find it and its just going to rot. then again i do weekly water changes so im probably worrying about nothing lol.

i'll definitely add some broccoli though.
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Re: question about young bristle nose plecos

I was tired of my food rotting between my gravel so I got a small plate. The kind you could get at Walmart, not a big dinner plate, not a paper plate, not a plastic plate. Nothing like that, it was made of the same stuff a teacup is made of. You know what I'm talking about? Well anyway, I got it small enough to take up only a small section of the tank and I leave it in there and I just sink the food so that it falls into the dish.

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I was tired of my food rotting between my gravel so I got a small plate. The kind you could get at Walmart, not a big dinner plate, not a paper plate, not a plastic plate. Nothing like that, it was made of the same stuff a teacup is made of. You know what I'm talking about? Well anyway, I got it small enough to take up only a small section of the tank and I leave it in there and I just sink the food so that it falls into the dish.
tried that, but the barbs just destroy the pellets before the plecos get to it. I actually have one barb swimming around with a full pellet in its mouth right now, like some sort of aquatic dog lol.

The broccoli seems to be a big hit though. would they eat carrots? i know someone suggested zucchini but are there any other veggies they like to eat? would they eat apple slices?

Just trying to vary their diet as much as i can.
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Re: question about young bristle nose plecos

Try dropping a pellet after lights out?
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Re: question about young bristle nose plecos

Feed the barbs then put the food down, try that.

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Re: question about young bristle nose plecos

plecos love sweet potatoes.and lots of nutrition and color enhancement as well.
spinach , kale , even cabbage.
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Re: question about young bristle nose plecos

Tried an experiment with the three albino plecos in my 55g. I didn't feed anything for a week. No pellets, no flakes, nothing. Every fish was pecking at the algae in the tank and on the leaves. The plecos were vacuuming every plant in the tank. They sure did a good job. Will feed them normally for a couple months and try it again.

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