Algae Eating Fish - The Albino Bristlenose Pleco

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Bill - Your Neighborhood Pet Pro

Aug 16, 2010, 12:54:16 PM8/16/10

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The albino bristlenose pleco is quickly becoming my algae eater of choice.  These guys do a great job of cleaning up your tank, without outgrowing it.  They are efficient, affordable, and easy to care for.

The bristlenose stays small.  Usually under 6 inches. The common algae eater - Liposarcus anisitsi - get big, real big.  The common pleco can easily get over 20 inches.   

Don’t let their small stature fool you.  They can really clean up in an aquarium.  You usally won’t need more than 3 or 4 depending on the size of tank.  I’ll usually recommend 1 for every 15 gallons of water.  Just make sure you’re feeding an algae wafer.

With a recent price drop, these fish have become much more affordable.  I used to recommend these when they were $20, now they are a steal at under $4!

The brislenose are pretty hardy.  Supplement their diet with some algae wafers so they don’t go hungry.  Use a quality water conditioner when you add water from the tap or bottle to help de-chlorinate and add electrolytes.  

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