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PostSubject: How big do they grow to?   Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:47 pm

Hi from Perth, Australia.  Thanks for this wonderful informative site which I am sure I will frequent!!

My boys begged me to buy a tropical tank and I agreed providing I could plant real plants and have "a couple of those cute sucker fish things"!!  Never kept fish before so this was a big thing for us!

We now have 3 foot tank, fully planted with 9 Tetras (was 10 but one committed suicide by jumping out of the tank  Sad ) , 5 guppies, a female Betta, a long snake loach, 2 zebra gold coloured fish, 2 upside down catfish and of course my dream "cute sucker fish things" 2 baby (2-3cm) common Bristlenoses and just bought 1 large albino BN (about 10cm) complete with fabulous bristles and a slightly smaller black one with equally as fab bristles!
EDITED TO ADD: I have a large UV canister filter with Seachem rocks in as well as sponges - sorry for my lack of knowledge but was given this advice from an expert, so I hope I don't have too many fish - they said it would be ok............

The 2 large (new) ones keep digging plants up (tank and plants are 3 months old) and flipping wood over! Messy uncaring teenagers in my opinion  Evil or Very Mad  but cute!

Just went to an amazing fish shop and saw shock horror, a giant BN, probably about 50cm!!!!!!!!!!!!   

I am now worried that these gorgeous BN will outgrow the tank very quickly and well, I got quite attached to them!

Can anyone give any indication how big these 4 BN might get?  I am sure they are just common BN. The 2 babies have no bristles yet to know whether M or F (see I read up on this on this site!).  I really hope it won't be too big. I thought the 2 new large BN were adults!

Also the 2 babies are sucking 24/7 and never seem to sleep and very happy but the 2 large ones (got 1 week ago) hide a lot and don't come out much - even for cucumber!!  They are not being bothered by other fish and water levels are good.  Lots of wood (which I also read about from here - thank you!) and the wafers every other day. Not sure they even eat them.  I hope they are just stressed still - well I hope they aren't but I hope they are not sick or unhappy I mean.

Anyway, if someone could give me an indication of how big they might grow in this tank and how quick they might get to that size I would be really grateful  
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PostSubject: Re: How big do they grow to?   Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:27 am

Hi &   If as you say they are Bristlenose they will only reach between 13 & 16 cm the one you saw at about 50 cm sounds like a common pleco
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PostSubject: Re: How big do they grow to?   Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:55 pm

Oh that is such a relief! Thanks Love L144
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PostSubject: Re: How big do they grow to?   Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:23 am

yep, common pleco vs common bristlenose

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