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Cat-eLog Right Arrow Loricariidae Right Arrow Hypostominae Right Arrow Ancistrus  var. 

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Scientific Name Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus   
Common Name(s) Common Bristlenose Catfish
Abn (Internet), Albino Bristlenose Catfish, Albino Veiltail Catfish, Bn (Internet), Bushynose Catfish, Piebald Bristlenose, Sp(3) Bristlenose, Super Red Bristlenose, Veiltail Bristlenose
Pronunciation an SISS truss
Etymology The name Ancistrus is derived from the Greek word agkistron, meaning hook, in reference to the interopercular odontodes that are hooked. 
Jump to next section Species Information
Size 125mm (4.9") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Mature males and sometimes females have soft tentacles (bushy fleshy growths) on the snout - this is unique to the genus Ancistrus.

The common Bristlenose is commonly captive bred appears impossible to identify to species primarily due to a lack of original locality information but also because tens of undescribed congeners exist. It is not assigned to species here for that reason. It is sometimes thought to be a hybrid, however it is not easy to determine if it is so or not. Several man made variants exist: piebald, albino and long-fin (veiltail) varieties have been bred in a captivity.
Sexing Males have head tentacles, females do not.
General Remarks This species was known as Ancistrus sp(3) in the Cat-eLog from February 1997 until August 2008, it will likely still commonly be referred to under this name for some time and even its current designation is a little tentative. For these reasons we've left "sp(3)" as a common name. Several colour forms exist as well a long fin strain. The super-red form was first line-bred from the calico form of the common bristlenose in Germany. As is the way with the common bristlenose, they are pretty fertile and as soon as the pure strain got introduced into the market, it quickly spread across Europe and over the Atlantic. A long-finned variety was also line-bred from them relatively soon after that. There is some variation in the quality of the strain, a good strain produces 100% all-red offspring, less-than-optimal breeding stock (even if they are all-red) can produce a fair amount of offspring with some residual black markings.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution South America
pH 5.8 - 7.2
Temperature 21.5-26.5°C or 70.7-79.7°F (Show others within this range)
Other Parameters Relatively undemanding.
Jump to next section Husbandry Information
Feeding It is thought that elements in bogwood, particularly lignin, may form an essential part of Bristlenose diet. Certainly they have the immensely long guts common to vegetarians, and although they fall avidly on the occasional meal of live food or prawns, the bulk of their diet must be composed of vegetable matter. If a high protein diet is fed constantly, then they will become prone to stomach disorders. Vegetable roughage keeps the gut in working order, and bogwood is a valuable addition to this.
Fry will feed from free-swimming on the same diet as parents. It may help to blanch vegetables when feeding young fry, as it helps them rasp off the food stuff.
Furniture In the aquarium they prefer a strong water current with lots of oxygen, and require plenty of hiding places. Bogwood is ideal for this, as it is not only attractive to look at and provides plenty of shelter. Although they are vegetarian, they do not feed on water plants either naturally or in the aquarium, and your treasured collection of cryptocorynes will not only remain uneaten, but the Bristlenose will carefully and gently graze each leaf, removing any covering of algae that may form.
Compatibility They are gentle and unassuming fish, and can be kept in community tanks with the most timid of inhabitants. Even tiny fry will be left unharmed once free-swimming.
Suggested Tankmates All community fish, small to medium sized cichlids.
Breeding See catfish of the month article.
Jump to next section Further Information
Registered Keepers (1) discuscat (p: 2), (2) MatsP (p: 6, k: 64), who also notes: "I started with one that turned out to be a female, then got a male, and now I don't know quite how many I've got. One hundred is probably a bit low.", "Two large albino's and some others are in this tank, for keeping it clean.", "The sons/daughters of the pair I gave Richard B. Now all but two albino (male + female) sold.", "Two babies, keeping the glass clean and growing out.", "One albino Juvie growing out.", (3) Birger (k: 5), (4) synoguy, (5) DeepFriedIctalurus (k: 3), (6) natefrog, (7) Iwona, (8) boyneburn, (9) mikey, (10) daniel60, (11) Stephen, (12) CatBrat (p: 2), (13) xingumike, (14) hoplo (k: 350), (15) dewitt_discus, (16) ali12345 (k: 20), (17) fish fodder (k: 2), (18) Barbie (k: 440), (19) plecoready, (20) Trident2004, (21) vriesea (k: 12), who also notes: "Bought 6 long fin albino from Mainly Cichlids. Had 5 albino that were bought over the past year. Have one full grown male (black) that has bred before. Bought 6 more long fin albino at auction ($22).", (22) Jools (k: 2), (23) Lornek8, (24) Argentum (k: 11), (25) husky_jim (k: 171), (26) bronzefry, (27) sherry44, (28) amergim (p: 2), (29) livebearium, (30) bikerman6660, (31) Travis_Conklin, (32) gage, (33) Henry Di Cristofano, (34) arabesque, (35) zhallam (k: 3), (36) cats4me, (37) mattmccready, (38) Elspeth (k: 8), (39) drgold (k: 9), (40) alenate (k: 4), who also notes: "Breeding group", (41) call_apple (k: 50), who also notes: "I've had 2 albino spawning and 2 calico spawning. ", (42) Foster9011, who also notes: "Males have longer and more bristles than females. These fish come in a wide variaty of colors and types.I had two of these that I traded a clown pleco for, but one jumped out a day after I got it and my dog ate it. I have one 3 inch black and red female ancistrus. It lives a good life in my guppy tank with three peppered cory cats and some striped dw", (43) mikelouth, (44) NEONCORY (k: 6), (45) stang1 (k: 2), (46) azfisher (k: 18), who also notes: "aLBINO VARIETY", (47) woofess (p: 2), (48) pureplecs (k: 10), who also notes: "Calico and Albino, long finned and short finned", (49) Topaztas, (50) petri, (51) Albinoblackcatfish, (52) VirgoWolf, (53) Blue (k: 115), (54) ani-mal-lvr, (55) FuglyDragon (p: 4, k: 33), who also notes: "Numerous spawns Std and Albino / Golden", "Calico Longfin colony.", "Longfin common colony", "Albino longfin colony", (56) foffo (k: 2), (57) Daragh (k: 100), who also notes: "3 adult males and 3 adult females. Young from egg to 6 months.", (58) apistomaster (k: 6), who also notes: "Began breeding normal and albinos commercially 2004 but stopped once my rarer plecos began breeding successfully. I keep them around as algae eaters sometimes moving them as needed.", (59) fballguy, (60) Teelie (k: 5), who also notes: "Have had one successful spawn with two adults but all fry eaten by tankmates (Clown Loaches, Red Tail Black Shark, Yo-yo Loaches) in a 55g. Going to give another try in a 40g breeder with more peaceful tankmates.", (61) Kenneth Wong (k: 164), (62) certan, (63) mzavori (k: 2), (64) Zigismund (k: 4), who also notes: " Cool and easy fish breeds like rabbits!!", (65) Owch, (66) Cicolid, (67) HylaChristine (p: 4), (68) morkaren, (69) loafingloach, (70) Igowoof, (71) deathjelly (k: 5), who also notes: "Acquired @ 1.5-2" long.", (72) artemis1, (73) killerklown, (74) smithrc, (75) Bobtailvw22, (76) dixon1990, (77) Tom88, who also notes: "Very good at cleaning algae!", (78) dr_evil_01, who also notes: "Piebald Variety", (79) Threefingers (k: 2), (80) Allie72 (k: 4), who also notes: "Breeding pair and fry", (81) gixir (k: 6), (82) Darren C, (83) AngJo, (84) einstein-a-go-go, (85) bluenewt, (86) greigzee (k: 3), (87) Bas Pels (p: 2), (88) Revol (k: 3), (89) matthi22004, (90) anthony mcdonald (k: 16), (91) Hammerhead (k: 2), who also notes: "Both specimens are albino. The only ones to finally remove my brown algae.", (92) thebirdofprey (k: 446), who also notes: "I raise albino longfins, calico regular fin, calico longfins and brown longfin bristlenose.", (93) Bengt F (k: 5), (94) jjkolodz (k: 11), (95) yogi69 (k: 11), who also notes: "10 x long fin + 1 x common ancistrus", (96) Belial, (97) norms, (98) Dan Steveo (p: 2), (99) YSR50 (k: 107), who also notes: "These things are like roaches. Put them close to each other and you'll have more than you want.", (100) Helmut, (101) rimbaudsarm, (102) unkaface (p: 3), (103) Yannalau (p: 2), (104) holing007, (105) Bigpig (k: 4), (106) Invader_Kitty, (107) whiteymoza, (108) Carp37 (p: 2, k: 82), who also notes: "Over 240 juveniles sold on in last year but I'm still getting overrun with juveniles- currently occupying 3 tanks", "Juveniles growing out from trio (1m 2f) in 30" tank- now about 2.75-3" SL", (109) Lydia, (110) Selveste_Preben (k: 30), (111) amcmaster (k: 21), who also notes: "1 pair of common bristlenose breed first time 1/10/07 (34) 1 Male albino/common female pair 1 female albino bristlenose 1 male peppermint Bristlenose 3 longfin Bristlenose Common pair have breed 4 times the up to 174 fry ", (112) Gopherboy (k: 2), (113) helshøj, (114) Caimenboy, (115) jollysue (k: 35), who also notes: "lf dwarf albino (with fry) and abn, about 12 marbles", (116) invaderwithkey, (117) Snowy (k: 30), who also notes: "20 brown Commons, 10 Albino ", (118) Walter, (119) kagal, (120) steelhorse, (121) Mrs.JP, (122) Plecofanatic1989 (k: 2), (123) Smilingpiranha (k: 3), (124) obik101, (125) L127 (k: 2), (126) goodmike (k: 4), (127) krazyGeoff (k: 23), (128) Joren56 (k: 2), who also notes: "First bred : 21/06/2008", (129) KnaveTO (k: 3), (130) corydoras, (131) fraggle, (132) glenny, (133) lizimal (p: 2, k: 4), (134) Firestorming (k: 12), (135) cmfoggy (k: 5), (136) pLaurent1251, (137) Lightbringer (k: 4), (138) tezr (k: 8), who also notes: "Great small pleco", (139) PepperedGary (k: 24), (140) Qaddiction, (141) therlinger, (142) nooneknows (k: 150), (143) scouse_andy (k: 2), (144) Suckermouth (k: 2), (145) norfolkgarden (k: 3), who also notes: "2 2.5inch male albinos and 1 4inch male pucipalla(?). Great personality. The best pleco's for wandering the tank without fresh food being present! 2 2.5inch male albinos and 1 4inch male pucipalla(?). Great personality. The best pleco's for wandering the tank without fresh food being present!", (146) limed, (147) Simian, (148) jb92 (k: 4), (149) Troender (k: 8), (150) Ghan (k: 42), who also notes: "These fish are awesome great appearance with cool armoured plates. Very easy to breed, just brought large male and female, female was full of eggs when I brought her. A few slices of zuchinni and about a month later in a 2 month old tank and viola!", (151) CoryLoachFreak, (152) Cdn Glenwood, (153) Loracidlover (k: 94), (154) myrheksa (k: 35), (155) longstocking, (156) naturalart (k: 2), (157) Scubaguy (k: 2), (158) poel_19 (p: 2), (159) firenzenz (k: 7), (160) synodontisjack, (161) fivespeed302, (162) AleGer (k: 34), (163) TheSpuDGuN, (164) Christine, who also notes: "This fish is a breed from my mom's tank. She is breeding the catfish. A nice fish, wich is active in daytime.", (165) knusperfunk (k: 2), (166) lbriquet, (167) uknavynigel (k: 3), (168) rtw (k: 2), (169) 55GReefer, (170) JohnB, (171) weisel (k: 3), (172) ACMEexp (k: 3), (173) miravns, (174) addictinganimal, (175) AU Chief, (176) Mandrake, (177) aledk85 (k: 5), who also notes: "3 common 2 albino", (178) Suncoastscott, (179) Mariea, (180) daryn39, (181) calsonic (k: 3), (182) loachy_406, who also notes: "Likes to eat most things, including the paint off the fake rock.", (183) joepleco, (184) Numbers (k: 122), (185) worldwide73, (186) Moosipher, who also notes: "Veiltail hybrid ", (187) oxdeleon, (188) aaalrust, (189) kabaltah (k: 12), (190) Dongjin-Kang (k: 5), (191) plumbob3VRK6J5, (192) The Highlander (p: 3), (193) DaveW (k: 9), who also notes: "Growing out several calico longfin, some brown and some albino longfin. Couple of brown and albino shortfin for tank clearners also. Had some adults die off on me, one jumped and I had some water quality problems so lost most of my adults.", (194) Lubbe, (195) Tasplec (k: 14), (196) iam1ru12, who also notes: "Mine is an albino.", (197) JimHitchiner (k: 8), (198) PGR (k: 5), (199) River Dog (k: 2), (200) zedogz (p: 3), (201) glyde (k: 8), (202) AimsPink, (203) koter73, (204) Piscis (p: 2), (205) alexniemira (k: 6), who also notes: "i have to many of these fish! >.>", (206) chalkvandam (k: 9), (207) cathje (k: 24), (208) Joeytoe, (209) Liam50LB, (210) speedy231278 (k: 2), (211) blurock, (212) nashnut (k: 11), (213) NewFishKeeper, (214) Clammage, (215) bert (k: 2), (216) flowaz (k: 3), (217) ray_c (p: 5), (218) Nick44 (k: 22), who also notes: "Adult Pair plus Juveniles (20 is a guess including a couple of Albino babies from the normal coloured parents)", (219) a2fishguy (k: 9), (220) junaid, (221) Kingmickyb (k: 2), who also notes: "Seem to be sensitive to something, maybe nitrates. The current pair are my last, if they die then i'll give up on ancistrus. It is possible that the previous ones were too small, less than 1 inch.", (222) BrownBullhead (k: 156), (223) Marguarretthe (p: 3), (224) retchub (p: 3), (225) Blaarontjes (p: 2), (226) stratofish, (227) Sandtiger (p: 2, k: 5), (228) ranmasan (p: 3, k: 3), who also notes: "Some spotting towards the tail has become slightly larger in pattern. Very lively and active in tank :).", "LFS was selling these Veiltails as "Lemon Drop Pl*co" -- I do not own this pic, I found it on Google & all rights remain the property of its original owner. (Please contact me if you would like me to remove this image.)", (229) munki (p: 2), (230) evesonevo (k: 6), who also notes: "4 are albinos 2 are "brazil" species", (231) Khalid, (232) s2man, (233) tophat665 (k: 6), who also notes: "Mated pair in one tank, the other three males and one juvi each in other community tanks. Two of the males are albinos.", (234) Phoxinus (k: 20), (235) smegforbrains (p: 2), (236) p3purr, (237) Wgm (k: 2), (238) Xplode (k: 3), (239) ash104a, (240) theonetruepath, who also notes: "All albinos", (241) maxiho, (242) _Green_, (243) fusco (k: 16), (244) fishmosy (k: 304), who also notes: "Breeding, with two spawns per month", (245) Juand15 (p: 2), (246) blufox (k: 3), (247) gregs1443, (248) fleahound (k: 3), (249) ridley25 (p: 2), (250) Tracey, (251) LRKeefer (k: 36), (252) Breezer, (253) deviating, (254) fishbguy (k: 2), (255) Lilia21, (256) Reza.Sadri, (257) shaunypoo (k: 3), who also notes: "Spawned approximately 40 fry, with about 1/4 albino. Father, fry, and breeding cave moved to temporary spawning tank.", (258) Static, (259) andycapdnz (p: 2, k: 5), (260) ahodge84 (p: 2, k: 6), (261) hotsauce48, who also notes: " likes hiding", (262) DrunkenPanda (p: 2, k: 4), (263) emperorted (k: 2), (264) I_Xeno, (265) pbyrley, (266) neelhound (k: 2), (267) AI27, (268) DaveCF (k: 6), (269) Wraith (k: 2), (270) fischkringli (k: 28), who also notes: "1 black male 1 brown male 1 albino female 1 orange unknown subadult 10 black juveniles 14 albino juveniles ", (271) kaleidoskope, (272) maddrell, (273) carolynkline (p: 2), (274) redstallion02 (k: 10), (275) Camaroahopp, (276) anglerfishuk, (277) mgamer20o0, (278) masterplan, (279) Mike C, (280) Richard B (k: 2), who also notes: "Got from MatsP at the CSG convention. big pair went into a separate tank where they bred 2 Apr 09 40/60 albino split, 3rd spawning in June", (281) abnmommy (p: 2, k: 53), (282) nomuken (k: 26), (283) h2opleco, (284) timkel, (285) chalky76, (286) Lakatu, (287) judeblackburn, who also notes: "albino ", (288) NINOOVCOV, (289) Bristlenose 94, (290) tcmfish (k: 3), (291) suprabiatch (k: 5), (292) Chris5787 (k: 2), (293) bigcatsrus, (294) djinn75 (p: 4), (295) jiapei, (296) AlaskanCorydoras (p: 2), (297) aznfish (k: 10), (298) Hitch (k: 3), who also notes: "Calio shortfin", (299) mdfa.ca, (300) Cory_lover, (301) fishkeeper, (302) scalvinfish, (303) francistrus (k: 105), (304) amt4470, (305) ozarowana, (306) DJ-don (k: 4), who also notes: "My Males are very aggressive when any fish go near their cave. only certain females are allowed. Males also so seemed to chase off other bns or any other fish when near food too.", (307) lokii_37, (308) dr_philatelist, (309) miss_miriam_86, (310) Greggyfest, (311) Raptor (k: 8), (312) jeff@zina.com, (313) ucdxmisty, (314) jprp (p: 2, k: 300), (315) Derzel, (316) flappinganimal, (317) leej24 (k: 53), (318) gr8plecos, (319) Sumners83, (320) raymond, (321) Lesley_B, (322) elle_1313 (p: 3), (323) schoie, (324) lnumbers63 (k: 2), who also notes: "2 albinos. The female I have had for over 2 years. The male is younger and have had him for about 6 months (as at 25/10/2009. Great fish to keep. They stand out against the wood in the tank and they are very much diurnal and not shy.", (325) stuart264 (p: 2, k: 4), (326) oli (k: 3), (327) arcsb (k: 2), (328) ayrtoninst (k: 4), (329) niallborwell, (330) J-Lia, (331) Kyleonfire (k: 2), who also notes: "Fantastic pleco. Great algae eater and all-around scavenger. My most recommended pleco.", (332) drpleco (k: 83), (333) 2wheelsx2 (p: 5, k: 13), who also notes: "These were moved to the 125 some time in the summer.", "One died in the summer. Calico variant. All passed with the unknown infection in January.", "2 juvie long finned Calico variety from Davej.", "2 calico LFBN from Davej", (334) SilverFlame819 (k: 2), who also notes: "1 also in 16 Hex tank, since his highness the leopard frog plec doesn't eat algae. Highly effective little cleaners. 2 of them stripped my 10-gallon algae-covered tank in only a few days.", (335) LowClassCC, (336) via_mala, (337) asxu (k: 2), who also notes: "Had a batch of eggs layed on Christmas Day (2009), which have now hatched and are growing quite steadily - unsure of numbers yet.", (338) lethalcustoms00, (339) johnw63, (340) David Fnt (k: 3), (341) barneybulldog, (342) shazarna (k: 2), (343) Persephone, (344) Ullopincrate (k: 2), (345) Nx7 (k: 3), (346) PeterUK (k: 55), (347) WhiteLomu (k: 4), (348) dpk2313, (349) Industrial, (350) coelacanth, (351) fuzzytigerbird, (352) lhafvens, (353) Barracuda518 (k: 6), (354) EHEIM~ADDICT (p: 2), (355) andy75, (356) ocnluv13 (k: 2), (357) stefanfischer (k: 102), (358) tazscroggy (k: 41), who also notes: "Phineas (Female) Camo (Male) Pinky (Albino Male) Peaches (Albino Female", (359) valladares, (360) shere khan (k: 22), (361) ravyk, (362) Kestrix, (363) robert521, (364) Tony, (365) Avinitlarge (p: 2, k: 2), (366) rdp50734, (367) Astrea, (368) cichlidman16yearsold, (369) darkruse, (370) xander (k: 22), (371) satony, (372) hossma, (373) musilvr4eva (k: 2), who also notes: "One albino longfin bristlenose and one bristlenose", (374) electrophyste (k: 2), (375) mummymonkey (k: 6), (376) TRD (p: 2, k: 15), who also notes: "Might be more than 10. There is both male and female and a variation of sizes from 2.5cm (1") up to 12-13cm (5"). If they breed I doubt any juveniles would survive since I got two polypterus senegalus albino in there too.", (377) ChanggyChinggy, (378) TheFishGuy, (379) Ozcattie, (380) Melander (p: 2, k: 22), (381) mattymodo, who also notes: "Just got these two of my aunt who's fish just breed like mad! Lovely wierd looking fish and their only kids.", (382) cpfc (k: 2), (383) arthos, who also notes: "lovely fish, show itself a lot and she is a greant cleaner!", (384) Hansen (p: 3, k: 6), who also notes: "Albino", "Albino/Gold", (385) wimmels, (386) huffmagx (k: 17), who also notes: "Purchased the Albino SF form and the ALbino LF form of this lovely little bristle nose. ", (387) Hellspawn (k: 16), who also notes: "Male died pretty suddenly. Have a group of youngsters and the mother. Downsizing to only the adult females, which is with me for a decade now.", (388) bulldogsimon (k: 2), (389) nixmix, (390) tspaceace68, (391) richoman_3, (392) hoody47, (393) verbal (k: 15), (394) crkinney (k: 8), (395) highoctane500, (396) jefflamb (k: 3), (397) otgarza, (398) wobbler (k: 3), (399) NC24, (400) fat cat (p: 5), (401) daniela (k: 4), (402) centropy (k: 2), who also notes: "Super Red Variant", (403) Steff_ (k: 2), (404) Brisch, (405) phypes, (406) avianwing, (407) plecorocks, (408) 000, (409) alsvidur (k: 2), (410) jabones, (411) TerryCherry (k: 7), who also notes: "Didnt know we'd had babies, spotted them at about 1/2 " long. Mother is albino, father is either albino or dark color, all babies dark color.", (412) PlatinumSM (k: 2), who also notes: "1 Albino Male & 1 Brown Long-Finned Male", (413) ginagv, who also notes: "ALBINO VERSION: "Shop-Vac" (husband named him) can you tell? He loves his zucchini and cucumber too..", (414) Dee (k: 2), (415) zebra1, (416) adrisdad (k: 2), (417) Acanthicus, (418) tunafish, (419) saladin1, (420) Matt30, (421) hankinswood (k: 2), (422) excuzzzeme (k: 14), (423) andysfishhouse, (424) AndiH (k: 27), (425) MMK1996, (426) theblackrose1369, (427) mike h, (428) jimlaroche83 (p: 3, k: 7), (429) WoonyFishMan (p: 2, k: 17), (430) snakelover, (431) simmy (p: 2), (432) Dan101 (p: 2), (433) LaMPPoST, (434) Harry94 (k: 2), (435) uffe (p: 2, k: 4), (436) ltaylor88, (437) AquaristJoel (p: 2, k: 2), who also notes: "Albino Bristlenose.", (438) syno321, (439) Taz (k: 18), who also notes: "My oldest one died aged 13 1/2.", (440) mangopleco (p: 2), (441) araceae (k: 3), (442) Quo (k: 4), (443) Darren Balch (k: 19), (444) littlebristlenose (p: 2, k: 400), who also notes: "Can be breed any most water conditions best starter catfish to breed. Female line is 22 years old.", (445) arapaimag (k: 200), (446) Anthonyck (p: 2, k: 4), who also notes: "One of original juvenile pair lost. Other has grown considerably. Second added later, which is also growing and thriving. After initial shyness, both are visible and enjoyed most of the time. All have been albino variety. May 2012 - One male lost after transplanting to another tank. Large male still doing very well. Presumed to be eating a lot of plant snail young and eggs, but shares that duty with zebra loaches. 7/18/12 - Added a juvenile of unknown sex.", "Both turned out to be females, so I have two girls in one tank, and two boys in another. All are comfortable, so I am nervous to transplant anyone. ...some months later, one of the females ate herself to death. I found her stuffed, in an exaggerates fashion, with dark green algae in her belly. March 2012 - I had to move two of my tanks, so I transplanted the smaller of two very healthy males to this tank. Within two days, this fish suffered the same fate as above. I have no explanation for this. 7/18/12 - Added a juvenile of unknown sex.", (447) bluestbluedog (k: 2), (448) jvision, (449) leslie, (450) madmacaw, (451) oszy77, (452) extratea, (453) bartian (k: 2), (454) financialfoodie (k: 2), who also notes: "Recieved my first (a female, probably juvienile) as a door prize at the March 2011 meeting", (455) theos911, (456) scrup, (457) linden09, (458) Draco Spectrum (k: 2), (459) tsvjus (p: 3, k: 3), (460) Starfish42 (p: 2, k: 4), who also notes: "I bought one of the males from the shop, together with a female. The female has since died, but for a while they spawned regularly. The other 3 are all home bred.", (461) reefdive, (462) pink_fish, (463) clydeboy, who also notes: "1 with cream/beige markings.", (464) MonsterTankMaster, (465) tagamasid1023 (p: 2, k: 2), who also notes: "Reclusive nowadays.", (466) Duster1971, (467) catfishhunter, (468) donpetty (k: 66), (469) AquariumLover04 (p: 2, k: 3), (470) somethingpishy1, (471) corielover (p: 2, k: 2), who also notes: "This fish is awesome, but sensitive to temperature.", "Awesome fish, one of the most friendly too, likes climbing on my arm and hand, but very docile, never bothers other fish. Cleans algae well too. Very active, a visible part of the tank.", (472) xakkan (p: 3, k: 27), (473) andregurov (p: 2, k: 6), (474) Mata Negra (p: 2, k: 7), who also notes: "Albino", (475) backstreetgambler (k: 38), (476) milosz (k: 13), (477) Akeath, who also notes: "African Mopani wood is too hard for him to chew well, he does much better on Malaysian Driftwood. Very gentle and shy. Excellent algae eater.", (478) fahaka (k: 40), (479) adcc (k: 5), (480) krb (p: 2, k: 11), who also notes: "Feeding green beans, sliced cucumbers and zucchini, homemade frozen food (peas, green beans, spinach, spirulina)", (481) feesh (k: 2), (482) wendy333 (p: 2), (483) LMC1062, (484) den bruine, (485) jeff.l, (486) pixie (k: 4), (487) Terrycherry (k: 3), (488) Sargy60, (489) tomr (k: 8), (490) sendthis, (491) markmoten (p: 3, k: 10), (492) Alisana (p: 2), (493) anthonyking, (494) Catfish freak, (495) dolgolev (p: 2, k: 4), (496) slayer5590 (k: 3), who also notes: "Lost 1 male on 08-19-2013.", (497) dav (k: 6), (498) james gilbertson (p: 2, k: 6), (499) Arlington (k: 4), (500) vb75 (k: 2), (501) monsterfishkeeper, (502) nevermore781, (503) Lee A. (p: 3, k: 2), (504) jamos, (505) archaquatics, (506) mrfishydude, (507) jessonthenet, (508) bluefish1, (509) transporter42 (p: 2), (510) plecusmaximus10 (p: 2, k: 2), (511) [LeX], (512) Hoyo12, (513) Gsneufeld (k: 2), (514) tamara (k: 12), who also notes: "Keep Albinos and Common Bristlenose", (515) Fruityscone, (516) TerriM (k: 6), (517) Jaycal, (518) agusmeteor, (519) sterna, (520) Torii, (521) Apostolis (k: 3), (522) Syno Rey (p: 2, k: 5), (523) todd1978, (524) Doras (k: 14), (525) paleatus (k: 2), (526) FerocactusLatispinus, who also notes: "Scooter often exhibits self-induced tonic immobility! In the accompanying photo, observe her "lying in state"! I figure a lot of plecos do this since it helps them breathe easier. She also seems to have little patience for any fish standing between her and her food.", (527) Woodza73 (k: 5), who also notes: "Also Un-numbered group of Albino varietys.", (528) tobocrs, (529) technogeek, (530) thefredpit (k: 20), (531) Beniji, (532) simondm (k: 7), (533) len.weideman (p: 2, k: 9), (534) dj_rose, (535) dragonstyle, (536) Travis Webb (k: 168), (537) Vikachu, (538) Sean OB (p: 2), (539) mickeymygrey, (540) zopie, (541) soccerwardox, (542) dan1984, (543) m1ke715m, (544) çaykaralı, (545) mudster69, (546) Colin Keightley (k: 4), (547) psyk1 (p: 2), (548) GhostArcher (k: 6), (549) msheresy (k: 4), (550) hovlandl, (551) Olias, who also notes: "He's a little reclusive, but comes out at night and sits on the tank wall.", (552) corsairF4U (p: 2, k: 11), who also notes: "Super red", "Super red long fin", (553) nmatt, who also notes: "Super Red variant lovely male starting to form some impressive bristles. Vary active fish loves to dig himself holes in the sand under the bogwood.", (554) miguel mitchel (k: 2), (555) Anthony King, (556) rasaabt (k: 4), (557) XxYoungAquaristxX, (558) Andy1927 (k: 3), (559) Brandon93, (560) freddynietzsche, (561) linuxrulesusa (k: 4), (562) bullseyejoey, (563) stezatois, (564) AlphaWolf1995 (k: 36), (565) jpicker13, who also notes: "I found this species to be easy to keep and nice to have in the tank because the albino version stands out well.", (566) Yoshi, (567) jonhybravo2 (k: 8), who also notes: "I have one very large Ansestris brown with 2 Juveniles. I also have 5 albino 1 adult male and 2 adult females. 2 of which I am not sure of yet. They may be females since I have not yet seen them present bristles yet. Had my first spawn but none survived. Can't wait for more.", (568) Ydnef, (569) mcaquatic, (570) thereverendturtle (k: 7), (571) ahasting, (572) SirCastic, (573) the pleco guy (p: 2), (574) kieranvowles (k: 3), who also notes: "I have 1 albino male and female and 1 normal male in a Malawi setup, the have mated several times but the eggs are always eaten by my other fish.", (575) crazy4bettas (p: 3, k: 15), who also notes: "Currently have one pair Veiltail chocolate, F1 raised by me; about one year old.", "Unsure if long fin or short fin - suspect short fin. Chocolate color", "Green dragon coloration short fin", (576) jodilynn (p: 2, k: 2), who also notes: "Ugly is the only word to describe "Jabba", he is the albino form, but he is a neon yellow, flat as a pancake and has a deformed tail (which we didn't notice at the time of purchase). Hangs out under a piece of driftwood waiting to be fed, much like his namesake.", ""Gumdrop" is the "Lemondrop" form, dark brown with lovely yellow spots and a nice yellow edge to her tailfin. Bristlenose are the BEST algae eaters when they are young, tank is sparkly clean!", (577) rizla75 (p: 2), (578) Flatriver (k: 11), who also notes: "Currently breeding with a male brown bristlenose.", (579) bahid, (580) Atmichaels (k: 6), (581) DKcincy, (582) Pestey, (583) MrsJP (k: 7), (584) amacintosh (p: 2, k: 2), (585) HobbitCat, (586) Shazray, (587) matimcfly, (588) uaru (k: 51), (589) bullseyejoey4 (p: 2), (590) wardtimothy, (591) crazyjock (k: 4), who also notes: "Super red", (592) Xandoz, (593) TaraJ74 (k: 13), (594) Alexandermaule, (595) lilu (p: 2, k: 3), who also notes: "Very prolific breeders.", "Albino veil tail", (596) randomsam1001, (597) dav3tip, (598) Animusartificio (k: 2), (599) summoner2183, (600) Dark Rose (p: 2, k: 2), (601) Kiara1125, (602) jorgehdzy, (603) flatfish (k: 3), (604) Rebel00357 (p: 3, k: 102), who also notes: "Albino", "Green Dragon", "Super Reds", (605) AnnaIsabel, (606) seriouslycichlids (k: 218), (607) JoelyE95, (608) Valb68 (p: 2, k: 86), (609) simonkirby1985, (610) frog72 (p: 2, k: 79), (611) Jdmcfast (p: 2), (612) parrot1974 (k: 2), who also notes: "Lots of chasing and breeding activity in last week of August after a 50% water change. Male chose slate cave and has been fanning since then.", (613) EsoticoAquatics (k: 30), who also notes: "Albino Short-Fin, Bristle-Nose Plecostomus Ancistrus Species "Yellow Ancistrus" Sp. (Captive Bred) PH: 6.5 to 7.4 and 74 to 79 degrees (F) Adult Size: 4 to 5+ inches", (614) asaman (p: 3, k: 34), who also notes: "2 super red", (615) HUNdani, who also notes: "Reproduction: The mature male's got some outgrowth on their heads .Easily can we grow the community tank as well. The eggs are orange and large glue them on top of the nest by the female. The male juvenile to hatching watch over them. Young people keep feeding until tender steamed vegetables.", (616) CodOnMyRod, (617) fishdoc313 (k: 3), who also notes: "Red calico", (618) schant, (619) .Plecomania. (k: 3), who also notes: "These fish are cool!", (620) Are06n (k: 10), (621) mikemaes (k: 5), (622) Templeflower (k: 3), who also notes: "Super red variety", (623) kimbo, (624) Stefan2013 (k: 2), (625) lightseeker5000 (p: 2, k: 5), who also notes: "2 (still juvenile) female Albinos", "Brown regular fin. adopted a full grown male.", (626) Monkeh (k: 2), (627) PiggyCutie (k: 62), who also notes: "Male is wild caught, female unknown origins", (628) Jacksta, (629) emacartoon, (630) LostYeti (p: 2, k: 8), (631) chriscoli, (632) Nikita (p: 2, k: 4), who also notes: "Albino veiltail variety, sub-adult", (633) labyazilim, (634) Divinehammer, (635) Tamcon83 (p: 3, k: 12), (636) Sylvain (k: 2), (637) plecokim (p: 3, k: 4), (638) wax32, (639) JG, (640) Natey22 (p: 3), (641) mp1973, (642) Milan, (643) Sfamnun (k: 2), (644) Anuk, (645) misskeets (k: 2), (646) fishay12, who also notes: "My favorite fish :)", (647) citizencurt, (648) tyrone147, (649) Matturbin, (650) davidcook3, (651) GazzaEsq, (652) dethmann, (653) Doole, (654) blazinabi (p: 2), (655) StefanG (k: 4), (656) MarcusO (k: 11), (657) Sandraaustin, (658) Nianyu, who also notes: "This is Henry (Or Henrietta, it's still a juvenile) He/she loves the driftwood, artificial cave decoration, and the various smooth rocks I have half-buried in the sand of my tank. He/she also loves cucumbers and whatever fuzzy stuff is growing on my driftwood, and sucks little paths through it. Surprisingly active during the day for a nocturnal fish.", (659) DaveH (k: 5), (660) TohokuChris, (661) Lozza64 (k: 56), (662) inatthedeepend (k: 24), who also notes: "Male very territorial, was guarding a hollow plastic log fiercely. Then made his own burrow underneath a large flat stone and a piece of driftwood, a beautifully ugly fish getting more bristly every time. Fully grown when I bought him, apparently wild caught. Female much less timid, I've even managed to handfeed her once. Regular, proven breeders, I'm in the process of setting up a third tank for this pair, with some misc fry being grown on that I bought from a third party source - I'm hoping for 2-3 females to complete a nice breeding colony. There are 10 fry being brought on before weeding out the males, and I have 12 fry retained from the previous hatching, growing them on a little more before selling.", (663) cicrush13 (k: 123), who also notes: "Very good at guarding fry. I have longfin with the albino gene. Also keeping shortfin super reds.", (664) Katking, (665) acharman, (666) Divemaster, (667) funkyt, (668) Brookieboy2001, (669) Dragonrat (k: 2), (670) Mruaru, (671) rcbows (p: 2, k: 507), who also notes: "All sizes for sale! Bred as mated pairs in 5.5 gallon tanks. Cool water, neutral pH, ceramic cave, Terta-min fed flake and Algae wafers. Some contain the Albino gene.Large Males or Females and Proven breeders available. Excellent small tank algae cleaners. I have at least (25) Breeding Pairs, some albino's and some Brown Long-fin! Can supply Quantities if needed!", "Purchased (4) sent (7) Great looking Super Reds ancistrus!", (672) chewy922, (673) pitbull13, (674) Bardot (k: 2), who also notes: "Super Reds", (675) NCE12940 (k: 6), who also notes: "Entertaining characters, not shy at all", (676) ChristianKline (k: 2), (677) Norbert (k: 3), (678) glasscats (p: 2), (679) dpm1, who also notes: "Originally bought as a baby for a neighbour I didn't have the heart to put it in their Tank of Death. She alternates between shy and hidden, and out and active. She is also everything but a plain brown plec with a different look every day according to mood, lighting and resting place.", (680) Supercorygirl, (681) originalhandy, (682) guardianfyre, (683) Oceanica, (684) bekateen (k: 3), (685) hdbikersbabe (k: 6), (686) Narelle, who also notes: "Also had a male albino that was her sibling, but he went missing and is presumed dead.", (687) Bioaquatix (p: 2, k: 620), who also notes: "A buddy of mine gave me a nice size colony with young when he was moving and had to break down his fish room. I have setup 10 tanks of breeders and have been producing fry. These fish are very hardy and make tank mates. I currently have albino and albino long fin. I am looking to add some of the other varieties to my colony.", (688) FishnFins, (689) o_beas, (690) irshprncsk (p: 4, k: 3), (691) lynja321, (692) sushi1980, (693) Johnny579, (694) miniloo78 (k: 3), who also notes: "New to keeping these I have a thing for cats and plecos, if I could afford more tanks I would keep lots, so far they seem happy, they love cucumber and courgette, algae wafers, and especially seem to like my bogwood, I have added another bogwood and a cave a few tudes, and a java moss ball. They all share with my humbug, there doesn't seam to be a domanace issue.", (695) Mariska.

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Breeding Reports (1) krazyGeoff (b: 60), (2) corsairF4U (b: 60), (3) uaru (b: 59), (4) Valb68 (b: 56), (5) Atmichaels (b: 54), (6) fishdoc313 (b: 50), (7) GhostArcher (b: 45), (8) Joren56 (b: 40), (9) parrot1974 (b: 40), (10) crazy4bettas (b: 39), (11) Carp37 (b: 36), (12) donpetty (b: 35), (13) mangopleco (b: 33), (14) AleGer (b: 31), (15) labyazilim (b: 26), (16) DaveH (b: 26), (17) jamos (b: 16), (18) simondm (b: 13), (19) AlphaWolf1995 (b: 13), (20) JoelyE95 (b: 13), (21) HUNdani (b: 13), (22) tyrone147 (b: 13), (23) Travis Webb (b: 11), (24) john82 (b: 10), (25) backstreetgambler (b: 10), (26) tomr (b: 10), (27) francistrus (b: 10), (28) plecokim (b: 10), (29) inatthedeepend (b: 10), (30) TerriM (b: 9), (31) Templeflower (b: 8), (32) Andy1927 (b: 8), (33) lilu (b: 8), (34) thefredpit (b: 7), (35) CodOnMyRod (b: 7), (36) hdbikersbabe (b: 7), (37) sushi1980 (b: 7), (38) MatsP (b: 1).
Articles
Article - CotM 1998 December
Article - Shane's World Reproduction Maintaining and Spawning Albino Ancistrus
Article - Shane's World Species Ancistrus 101, Pt 2 - Spawning Techniques and Fry Rearing
Article - Shane's World Catfishology The identity of the common bristlenose
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