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bristlnose plecos VS rubbernose plecos

Discussion in 'Plecos' started by livebearerfreak, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. livebearerfreak

    livebearerfreak you are hypnotized! LOL

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    what really is the difference regarding hardiness and all? right now i have 3 bristlenose for my african tank, may get 3 rubbernose for my other tank ( 45 ) so what really is the deference b/w them?
     
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    BN plecs eat algae, rubbernoses don't... For hardiness, they're about the same really...
     
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    livebearerfreak you are hypnotized! LOL

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    ah yeah had some rubbernose before and they died, though they ate algea to ( didnt get them just for algea though ) so maybe i should get 3 more bristlenose for my 45 then? hmm. i want to get some clowns but ugh, cant find them here yet, and well er i did before but they are expensive.... starting to like plecos now lol.
     
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    by rubbernose do you mean bulldog? if so i loved mine, and he ate algae
     
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    yes rubbernose and bulldogs are the same. they also eat algae. but that isnt the only thing that BN or rubbernoses should eat. you should feed them veggies at least once a week. pref everyother day... and they both need driftwood in the tank to munch on as part of their diet. they will not live on algae alone.
     
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    reptileguy2727 Not enough tanks, space, or time

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    I had a rubbernose chew on the sides of fancy goldfish, even took out an eye on one. I have never had a bristlenose bother anything like that.
     
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    livebearerfreak you are hypnotized! LOL

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    what types of veggies?
     
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    i feed mine a slice of cucumber every other day or when they finish it. they love it. i have some sinkers on fishing line and let it sink to the bottom and the plecos become glued to it haha. green beans, cucumbers, zuccinni are some others. blanch the beans. i just use cucumbers though because they are cheap and they seem to love them.
     
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    my rubber nose eats algae wafers.... lol has for about a year and he loves them
     
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    jpappy789 Plants need meat too

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    They are different fish...?
     
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    livebearerfreak you are hypnotized! LOL

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    thought they were differnt?
     
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    bn and rubbernoses are yeah
     
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    jpappy789 Plants need meat too

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    Twas a joke. A very lame one at that...

    I've only dealt with rubbernoses briefly so I can't tell the difference other than looks.
     
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    livebearerfreak you are hypnotized! LOL

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    ah ok lol. and so far doing good :)
     
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    they are definitely different species.

    the Ancistrus (bristlenose) do require wood in their diet and they are mainly vegetarian. they feed primarily on algae and have the distinctive log gut of typical of vegetarian species,,,while they can eat many fish foods their diet should consist primarily of veggies.. wood is thought to be a good addition to the tank as the BN like to hide in the wood and may benefit with rasping on the wood.

    Rubbernosed do not have the same requirement in food and at least for now are , omnivores they benefit from a varied diet. they will eat algae as well as other foods
     
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    livebearerfreak you are hypnotized! LOL

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    yeah thinkk i am good with BN plecos lol. may get 3 more for my 45 in a few weeks ( so 6 total ) i am deffently starting to like plecos now lol
     
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    I'd be careful about getting too many...male Ancistrus can be a conspecific aggressive if they get cramped.
     
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    livebearerfreak you are hypnotized! LOL

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    hmm ill have to make sure i get 1 male 2 females * even though there not harem breeders * just like these guys alot lol
     
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    jpappy789 Plants need meat too

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    As long as you have enough caves they may be fine, but I've run into problems myself adding two males together in the same tank (30g). Didn't end well...
     
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    if you have females than 2 males is a big no in any tank. i have 2 males no females in my 55 but key word is no females. the dom male will kill over a mate. or in your case all 4 mates
     

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