L032 Bristlenose Pleco


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The Super Red Bristle Nose / Bushy Nose Pleco also known as the Bristlenose Plecostomus, comes from the rivers and tributaries of South America. It is mainly Dark Red or Orange with a mottling of lighter areas. The mouth area and nose are covered in short, whisker-like appendages, which are used for detecting food. There are also many color and fin variations available.  A Bushy Nose Pleco makes a good addition to any community aquarium.

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The L032 Bristlenose Pleco is a nicely marked species of Ancistrus found in Southeastern Brazil. This pleco inhabits rocky, relatively fast-moving waters in the wild and is distinguished from other fish in the genus by its uniform, attractive pattern of white spots. Like most other bristle nose plecos, they are hardy and easy to care for. This species is easy to sex and will reproduce in the aquarium. The males displaying much larger and more pronounced bristles along with the nose and face.

How to keep Pleco’s

Planted aquariums with hearty, fast-growing plants, high aeration, and water movement make for a healthy environment. Rocks and driftwood help to accent a natural habitat and provide hiding spaces to cut down on stress for the Bushy Nose Plecostomus. A recommended minimum tank of 10 gallons should be provided to house this fish, but some plecos can grow quite large (not this one, only about 4 inches) I like using at least one sponge filter as the pleco will like to “suck” on it.


The L032 Bristlenose Pleco is relatively easy to breed and breeding occurs mostly in the winter months. This Plecostomus can be triggered to breed in the late fall by performing a 75% water change. The eggs are usually deposited on a piece of driftwood or a cave where the male will stay to guard them. There are plenty of pleco caves out there, but I like to use these as an inexpensive alternative. The fry will become waterborne in approximately 10 days, at which time, they should be removed and raised in a separate aquarium. Feed the fry mashed and peeled peas.


Feeding the Bushy Nose Pleco is not difficult due to the fact that it is not a picky eater. Plecos like to eat fresh veggies including Cucumber, Zucchini, and Green Beans. Other high-quality commercial food like North Fin Kelp wafers or Extreme Cat Scratchers is also recommended.

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