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3cm - 5cm

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"Meet the Black Bristlenose Pleco! A striking addition to any aquarium, admired for its dark coloration and distinctive bristles."

Detailed Description:


  • The Black Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.), also known as the Black Ancistrus, is a captivating freshwater catfish highly valued by aquarists for its striking appearance and practical benefits.
  • Originating from South America, particularly the Amazon River basin, this species is popular for its ability to control algae growth and its peaceful demeanor.


  • The Black Bristlenose Pleco features a dark, nearly black coloration that contrasts beautifully with its pale undersides, giving it a dramatic appearance.
  • Its body is adorned with characteristic bristles or tentacles on its snout, which are more pronounced in males and give them a distinctive and rugged appearance.
  • With its sleek, streamlined body and striking coloration, the Black Bristlenose Pleco adds a touch of elegance to any aquarium.

Water Conditions:

  • Optimal water temperature: 72-78°F (22-26°C).
  • pH range: 6.5-7.5.
  • Water hardness: 5-15 dGH.
  • Maintain excellent water quality through efficient filtration and regular water changes to ensure the health and vitality of Black Bristlenose Plecos.
  • Provide ample oxygenation and water movement to mimic their natural habitat.

Tank Setup:

  • Black Bristlenose Plecos thrive in a well-appointed aquarium with plenty of hiding spots, driftwood, and caves to explore and seek refuge.
  • Incorporate live plants such as Anubias, Java Fern, and Amazon Sword to provide cover and create a naturalistic aquascape.
  • Ensure the tank has a secure lid as Bristlenose Plecos may attempt to escape, especially if startled or stressed.

Tank Mates:

  • Black Bristlenose Plecos are peaceful and can coexist with a variety of tank mates, including other peaceful fish species that share similar water parameters.
  • Suitable tank mates include Tetras, Rasboras, Corydoras Catfish, Dwarf Cichlids, and peaceful freshwater shrimp species.
  • Avoid keeping them with aggressive or predatory species that may harass or prey on the Black Bristlenose Plecos.

Feeding Habit:

  • Black Bristlenose Plecos are omnivores and have a varied diet, primarily feeding on algae and biofilm in the aquarium.
  • Supplement their diet with high-quality sinking pellets, algae wafers, blanched vegetables such as zucchini and cucumber, and occasional feedings of live or frozen foods such as bloodworms and brine shrimp.
  • Provide driftwood in the aquarium as Bristlenose Plecos may graze on the wood for fiber and essential nutrients.

Care and Maintenance:

  • Regular maintenance is essential to ensure the well-being of Black Bristlenose Plecos and maintain water quality.
  • Perform frequent water changes of 25% every two weeks to remove waste and replenish essential nutrients.
  • Monitor water parameters using a reliable test kit and adjust as necessary to maintain stable conditions.
  • Keep an eye out for any signs of illness or stress, such as lethargy, loss of appetite, or abnormal behavior, and address any issues promptly.


  • Breeding Black Bristlenose Plecos in captivity is relatively straightforward and can be achieved with proper conditions and care.
  • Provide a well-established aquarium with ample hiding spots and caves for breeding pairs to spawn.
  • Maintain excellent water quality and offer a varied diet to condition breeding pairs for spawning.
  • Fry can be raised in a separate rearing tank and fed a diet of powdered commercial fry food or small live foods until they are large enough to consume standard fish foods.

Black Bristtlenose Pleco 3 pcs

SGD 15.00

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