Ancistrus

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  1. Zoom

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    Howdy guys,

    Bought myself a pair (+1) white spotted ancistrus as an algae defender... Anyone had any experience with them?

    Any good?
    Size?

    I think I got a bit whipped when I bought them tho.... didn't check the price of em (Stupid.. I know) and only looked at the slip when I got home. Put it this way.... above R70.00 p/fish!
     
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  3. Zafgak

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    Hey Zoom - That is not a bad price for the fish
     
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    Thanks Zaf, I've been doing some googling now that specific fish... can't find ANYTHING on it's requirements etc. But I did notice people selling them at 20 DOLLARS plus... so maybe I wasn't ripped off.
     
  5. Max98

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    Ancistrus are nice fish for planted tanks.
    You can search for Bristlenose plecostomus for more information.
     
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    i know Moolis also sells those, but his were golden something something ancistrus, they also priced somewhere around the same price...
     
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    Thanks Max...

    Found all the information I needed....

    They are also such beautiful fish... (From what I remember... haven't seen them since introducing them to the tank!)
     
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    Know the guy that breeds the ancistrus Moolis sells, he sells them for about R10 a youngster.
    Hier is 'n hint, as jy genoeg rond vra by die bonsai klub en baie demonstrasies bywoon kan jy Ancistrusse vir baie goedkoper in die hande kry.
     
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    ...en watter bonsai club sal dit wees? Pretoria of Safari?
     
  10. Laure

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    Do not, I repeat, do not, place them in your planted tank. They are awesome algae eaters, but cause damage in a planted tank. Unfortunately...
     
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    yea they will whipe out your swords and cryps.... maybe not now but in the future they will
     
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    Nice find there Zoom! As has been said before though - watch out for it in a planted tank especially when it gets bigger.
     
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    Oh poo....

    I suppose this is where I should have taken Henk's advice...

    Research/research/research/research before purchase!

    Bummer.
     
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    yea they take awhile but once they start you could stand to lose all your swords i had about 20 and lost all of them never knew about this info. Thanks Henk for all the advice
     
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    I saw mine is a bit aggressive as well towards smaller fish and sometimes chasing them
     
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    And to try and catch them in a planted tank when you feel the need to remove them...oh boy...
     
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    I really think it is your opinion.

    I have had bristlenose plecostomus's in my planted tanks for more than 3 years without any problem. They do suggest to add wood for it to chew on.

    I have done it, so did many others. Just search the internet.

    Hey, maybe the problem with you guys and bristlenose pleco's is plant growth. :) . Add a little Co2 and lighting. :)
     
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    I agree with max, I've seen many long-running tanks that are perfectly fine with thier plant-and-pleco mix, whether those plecos be the large ones (hi-Fins) or the smaller Ancistrus. Wood is almost alwys the key, otherwise try to keep them well fed on algae pellets and other greenery.
     
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    I seldom see my 3 bristlenose fishes on my plants. They are most of the times sitting on the pieces of wood scattered in the tank. Suppose I will pay more attention to this from now on, but I have not even had a sniff of them causing problems to my plants.
     
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    Is it possible for someone to post a picture of a bristlenose plec? I have googled, and it comes up with all sorts of different pictures.

    Reason I ask is because I have two little plecs, that I thought were clown plecs. But they match a lot of the pictures that come up.

    My plecs are very well-behaved so far, don't do damage to my plants at all.

    Let me know if you guys have any accurate pics.
     
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