Animal Stories - Bristle-nose Catfish


Animal-World Information about: Bristle-nose Catfish

Looking like the proverbial dog that just stuck its mouth in a porcupine, the Ancistrus or Bristle-nose Catfish are a very interesting and colorful member of the Loricariidae family of catfish!
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Chris Norris - 2011-07-08
Hi guys. I have a long fin bristle nose who is doing well but i have noticed that his fins are not as big and as nice as they were when I got him. He's in a 90l comunity tank and has always been left alone never nibbled or chased by anything. I can use help me with my problem...???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-08
    I included the article on Fish Disease and Treatment. It might be Fin & Tail rot which is a bacteial infection. He could have had it when you brought him home. He could have hurt himself somehow in the tank and it caused a bacterial infection. Another fish could have nipped him. It happens. Anyway, look at the article and find the symptoms and check out that disease and just look at symptoms in general. The recomended treatment is there.
  • Chris Norris - 2011-07-09
    Thanks for your help cheryl. I will look into it.
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Gwen - 2010-08-28
I am new too the whole fish thing. I have had 2 comet goldfish and 1 common goldfish for about a year. About a week ago I got a Bristle nose Catfish, and now one of my comets is bleeding and its tail is torn, and the Bristle nose is a little tattered too. My other goldfish appear to be fine. Do you think that the water quality is just bad, or that possibly those two were fighting? While I wait for a response, I am going to clean my tank and add some salt. By the way, thanks for the advice, I didn't know you needed wood or to add food for Bristle noses.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-08-28
    It sounds like the two of them were most likely fighting. Bad water quality most likely would not cause bleeding and torn fins. Are there any rocks or ornaments that have sharp edges? Those could also cause injury if the fish swam too close. If you observe either of the fish picking at each other in the future, consider adding plants or ornaments that would provide a place for the fish to hide in.
  • Shay - 2010-09-22
    Catfish (bristle nose included) don't do well with salt.
    I would vote against that.
  • Anonymous - 2011-01-28
    omg don't add salt plecos are freshwater fish....................
  • John - 2011-06-20
    You need to have a special kind of salt for freshwater fish too. -_-
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Dawn - 2011-02-08
Hi I was wondering what can you feed an ancistrus to eat and where can you get the food?

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  • Caleb - 2011-06-04
    You can buy algae wafers from a pet store/aquarium.
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fishgal 1 - 2011-02-02
Hi I was thinking about getting a bristlenose, but I have a few questions:

1. How much do they cost?
2. How much does bogwood cost?

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  • Caleb - 2011-06-04
    Usually, small bristlenose will cost anywhere between $6-$20 (AUD) medium to large will cost between $20-$40 (AUD)
    While bogwood costs $5-$40 (AUD) (Depends on how big it is).
    I hoped I helped :)
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fernando lopez - 2011-04-01
This cat is hairy. This attachment to the nose is the most exiting thing. Almost all my favorite fish comes from this book:
TOPHERO SON OF SMILODON by Wayne Ni.

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Daniel Ian Simons - 2011-02-24
I have two in a 25 gal tank amongst bronze corys and bala's , and I often feed tubifex and as soon as it touches the water the plecos pick up the scent and eat it, have I got the only 2 meat eating bristlenoses? Or are they gaining a protein source as my local pet shop is under a refurb and bogwood is out of the picture at the moment.

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corey - 2010-07-17
These fish are great breeders I get a batch of eggs on a regular basis I only got 1 male 1 female and brought a sailfin pleco the other week.. Then I seen the bristlenose and pleco going for it now this could be interesting to see if these 2 will have a batch and what they come out like my male bristle nose is full grown and the female pleco is just a fraction bigger..

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Lesley - 2009-10-22
I own about 8 Bristle Nose Fish, 4 are white and 4 are brown. We have had them for a while. They are cute fish and they keep the tank clean. I noticed they had 1 baby in there and I have not seen it again. I want to know how to breed them, my brother has heaps and he has done a great job breeding them. Can any 1 help me out please.

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fishrule - 2009-08-07
I got a male and female bristle nose catfish in a tank along with 18 goldfish ranging from 6 inches to 1/2 half inch and they are doing great. I know that they won't breed in such a tank, but they have survived for 1 year and are 4 inches and 5 inches and wide, respectively. They were 3 and 4 inches when purchased for 10 bucks each. So anyone that says a these type of fish won't survive in temperatures hoovering in the mid 60's to 72 ought to try it, turns out they are VERY hardy fish. I was very pleaseantly surprised!

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haz - 2009-04-30
Hi, well I've now got another male and female bristly. Well I've got them in a 35 ltr tank all alone and as soon as I put them in there they started to sit on each other. And before when in 90 ltr tank they didn't go near each other, tho they were with various other species. So will post again soon and let yous no what happens. They have pump and air block, cpl of small plants, two large stones, and also a cave of which they both have been in the cave together. I have noticed an air bubble under it to which there wasn't when placed in tank, as air block is at least 5 inchs behind cave. Bye for now, haz.

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