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Bristle nose catfish advice

Discussion in 'Marine Aquarium Advice' started by Fishnewbie, Jun 30, 2019.


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  1. Fishnewbie

    Fishnewbie PetForums Member

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    Hi all,
    I have just purchased a Bristlenose and am keen on any advice I can be given.

    I have a 60L tank well planted with drift wood and hiding places.

    Tank mates are:
    4 golden barbs
    4 neon tetras
    4 glow light tetras
    2 Japonica shrimp
    2 zebra snails

    Just want to make sure these conditions are suitable and will I need to feed them individual food or will they eat the tetra pellets that sink to the ground.

    Any info would be great :)
     
  2. NaomiM

    NaomiM Love my furry, feathered and finned family

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    Hi Fishnewbie,

    It might be worth asking a mod to move this thread to the Tropical section :)

    Your fish stocking level sounds fairly good, though golden barbs would ideally prefer a slightly larger tank so it may be worth considering upsizing as the fish grow. I'd also consider adding another couple of each of the schooling fish (barbs, neons and glowlights) as they should ideally be in groups of 6+.

    Did you do a fishless cycle with an ammonia source before adding the fish?

    I'd recommend getting some algae wafers for the plec. If possible, place them directly on the substrate while distracting the other fish with food at the other end of the tank, as IME barbs and neons are greedy little so-and-sos and likely to pinch the plec's food before he gets to it otherwise!

    Another thing you can do for the plec is grow some algae on some pebbles by leaving them in a shallow dish of treated water on your windowsill. Once they have a good coating of algae, pop some in for the plec (the snails and shrimp will like it too) and rotate them as the algae gets eaten.
     
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    Thanks Naomi, some really helpful advice here for me to take on board! :)
     
  4. Fishnewbie

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    Hi Naomi,

    Shall I just get a few pebbles and put them in water with tap safe then leave them in the sun?

    Are catfish pellets any good for them also?
     
  5. NaomiM

    NaomiM Love my furry, feathered and finned family

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    Basically, yes :) Make sure the pebbles are safe - better to buy from an aquatic shop rather than collect your own or use gardening pebbles, as the wrong type may affect the water chemistry.

    Yes - you've been given some good advice about a food rotation in your other thread :)
     
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    Thanks again! Really appreciate the advice :)
     
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    Closed as duplicate thread on Fishkeeping chat.
     
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