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Very attractive algae eater, black with star-like white spots. Juveniles are more boldly marked than adults. Difficult to breed (typically successfully bred in Discus-type conditions: soft acidic water and warm temperatures of 28-30 C. Coburg Aquarium's Live Fish and Aquarium Products shipped Australia Wide.


Features of Bristlenose Catfish Calico Longfin:

  • The bushy nose appendages that sprout from their snouts
  • Bristlenose Plecos have a mouth that’s located on the bottom of their bodies
  • Compared to other Plecos, the fish have somewhat elongated lips
  • Incredibly elegant and unique appearance with black, brown, and cream coloration throughout


The Best Aquarium Size for Bristlenose Catfish:

Bristlenose Catfish do well in a tank of 50L or larger and can handle a wide range of water conditions. Tank size can vary greatly depending on how big or small the fish is and how many you plan to stock in the tank. 

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Bristlenose Catfish are very peaceful community dwellers. They can be kept together with other algae eaters, like snails or grazing fish. Tank mates include:

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Feeding :

Bristlenose Plecos are herbivores, eating mainly algae, so feeding algae or spirulina wafers once or twice daily is best. Granules, flakes, or bloodworms are also good, while the occasional zucchini slices and blanched romaine lettuce or spinach are good treats. Just make sure to never overfeed. 

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Bristlenose Catfish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

filtration system is necessary. Bristlenose Catfish come from fast-flowing waters. They also consume a lot of food and, in turn, have more waste than other fish. Make sure the filter matches with your tank size.

Here are some great ones to consider:

Plants for Bristlenose Catfish

If you have live plants in their environment, they may also cling onto leaves to eat the algae. Usually, the Plecos will not eat the plants. 

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Decorations for Bristlenose Catfish

Driftwood is excellent for algae growth. It doesn’t take long for the wood to be covered in the green stuff. Your Bristlenose Plecos will eat the algae right off. Fish Finatix Catfish Breeding tunnels are ideal for your fish breeding

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Install a safe aquarium lighting system inside so that you can keep an eye on the fish when feeding them. Sufficient light is also important for the growth of your live plants.


Sand and Gravels are the recommended substrate for Bristlenose Catfish.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

Additional Information

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