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Bristlenose catfish

Discussion in 'Fish Keeping Chat' started by Fishnewbie, Jun 30, 2019.


  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 :)

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  2. danielled

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    Have you got a heater? A bigger tank wouldn’t hurt.
     
  3. Fishnewbie

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    Yes I have a heater ... didn’t think I needed to specify that, ok what size is optimal, obviously I’m not going to go out and buy a bigger tank but good to know opinions?

    Thanks :)
     
  4. LinznMilly

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    Hi.

    Tetras and barbs are shoaling fish and should have an absolute minimum of 6 individuals of their own kind. 10 or more would be better. That is to say 10 neons, 10 glowlights, 10 Golden Barbs. With only 4 of each, they'll be stressed - they know there's not very many of them. 10+ helps them feel more secure and you'll benefit from seeing more natural behaviour. But, 10 of each would leave your tank overcrowded (hence bigger tank comment).

    What kind of filter do you have?
     
  5. Fishnewbie

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    Had all those species for well over a year and there all happy as Larry, no signs of stress or discomfort all present characteristics of happy fish:)! They actually tend to shoal together (the tetras) although the barbs tend to run the show being the bigger fish!, but not the first time I have been informed about this (appreciate your concern though) unfortunately due to financial constraints I’m sticking to the 60L for now.

    Do you have anything to add to the threads topic as I need advice on brittlenoses :)!!

    Cheers
     
  6. danielled

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    You can get cheap tanks second hand, gumtree for one.
     
  7. Fishnewbie

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    Aploligies I missed the last question, a Fluval U3 90 - 150L, will this impact the Bristlenose then?
     
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    Thanks Danielle, I originally got my 60L from gumtree actually! £15 bargain , just not really looking to upgrade at the moment
     
  9. danielled

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    You need to really. It would be better for all your fish. They’d be happier.
     
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    At the moment I am within the guidelines but I won’t be purchasing any more fish, and if I do I will upgrade, cheers for the advice
     
  11. Blaise in Surrey

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    You need a piece of bogwood in the tank - it’s essential for a BN. He will also appreciate a chunk of cucumber to gnaw on, say every other week. Make sure you take it our after 24 hours so it doesn’t rot.
     
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    Just seen your other post: please tell me he’s in fresh water not salt!!
     
  13. Fishnewbie

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    Hi Blaise! Thanks for the advice, by bog wood is that any form of wood or a specific type. I currently have a medium piece of wood in there (see photo attached apologies for the quality of the photo didn’t want to remove the lid) will that suffice? And thanks for the cucumber tip! Shall I bother with catfish pellets also? ( I feel my fish will probably munch these up anyway!)
     

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    What other post was that?... yes fresh water...!!!
     
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    It’s a specific type, and you have to soak it in a bucket of treated water until the water (which you change regularly) remains almost clear. Don’t be tempted to skip this: if you do the wood will float and your tank water will go tobacco-coloured :)

    I have a community tank and feed three different foods in rotation (just once a day - I’m sure you already know that it’s good to be very mean with food!). So, day 1 is an algae pellet (which your BN needs), day 2 is sinking pellets (for my various corydoras) and day 3 is regular fish food. You probably also know to starve your fish one day a week and, on the following day, feed a small amount of blanched, crushed pea (ensuring you remove the skins).
     
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    Thanks Blaise! Really helpful advice, I will see if they have any bog wood at my local PS. Cheers for the advice on feeding as well, I use similar techniques but not the food rotation so that will come in handy! Is the Blanched peas for everyone or just the BN? I also make sure to get some Algae pellets tomorrow and will try the cucumber once every couple of weeks, cheers again! ( also treated water I’m guessing is water with tap safe applied?)
     
  17. Blaise in Surrey

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    Yes, they can all have the peas which is why it’s important to crush them for the smaller fish. And yes, by treated I mean made safe :)
     
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  18. NaomiM

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    Just seen this post after having replied on your other thread. It looks like others have already given good advice though :)
     
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  19. danielled

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    If it was pets at home they are very good at giving bad advise. Definately buy bog wood, my little bulldog pleco loves bogwood.
     
  20. Fishnewbie

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    I don’t shop at pets at home ... but thanks!
     
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