Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus Cirrhosus) Fish Species Profile
The Bristlenose is one of the smallest species of catfish. They are friendly, peaceful, very hardy, and can comfortably adapt to live in a wide variety of water conditions. They are also tremendous tank cleaners; they will clean the substrate of your tank daily. These will make an excellent addition to any community tank.
They are green, brown, or grey with yellow or white spots; some have irregular colouring, with darker and lighter splotches on various parts of their bodies. Most have lighter abdomens and darker backs except for the Albino Bristlenose, which is mainly white.
This particular species has an unusual appearance, featuring bony plates, a fat, flat body, and as they reach maturity, they sprout tentacle-like growths from their head. The male's tentacles are much longer and more evident than females.
They have a pair of pectoral and abdominal fins and a circular mouth with elongated lips which make them an excellent suckerfish and a broad head with an underbite to the set of the lower jaw.
|Scientific Name||Ancistrus Cirrhosus|
|Other Names||Bushynose Catfish, Common Bristlenose Catfish, Brushmouth Pleco|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Loners|
|Lifespan||up to 5 year|
|Maximum Size||up to 12.5|
|Temperature||73 - 81 ℉ (22.8 - 27.2 ℃)|
|PH||5.8 - 7.8|
|GH||2 - 30|
The Bristlenose Pleco originates in South America, mainly in the fast-flowing waters of Saramacca, Suriname, and Maroni in the Amazon River basin. You can also find them in some other parts of South and Central America, including Panama.
Bristlenose Plecos diet mainly consists of algae and other debris, so giving them spirulina or algae wafers as the staple of their diet is ideal.
Offering them foods such as flakes, granules, and bloodworms is also an excellent way to balance their diet and the occasional blanched vegetables as a treat is also appreciated.