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Introducing the Calico Bristlenose Pleco, a stunning variant of the beloved Bristlenose Plecostomus prized for its vibrant colors and distinctive appearance. With its unique patterning and charming demeanor, this delightful fish adds an eye-catching touch to any freshwater aquarium.



Dressed in a kaleidoscope of colors, the Calico Bristlenose Pleco is a sight to behold. Its intricate marbling features hues of orange, yellow, black, and white, creating a mesmerizing calico pattern that shimmers in the aquarium light. The iconic bristle-like protrusions on its snout give it a distinguished look, while its flattened body and sucker mouth are characteristic of the plecostomus family.



Despite its striking appearance, the Calico Bristlenose Pleco is known for its peaceful and unassuming nature. It spends much of its time grazing on algae-covered surfaces, making it an invaluable addition to any aquarium in need of algae control. With its gentle disposition and nocturnal habits, it coexists harmoniously with a wide range of tank mates, adding both beauty and utility to the aquatic ecosystem.


Habitat and Care:

Providing a suitable environment for the Calico Bristlenose Pleco is straightforward. A well-aerated aquarium with plenty of hiding places, driftwood, and smooth rocks mimics its natural habitat and provides opportunities for exploration and shelter. Maintain a temperature between 72-80°F (22-27°C) and a pH level of 6.5-7.5 to ensure optimal health and well-being. Regular water changes and a varied diet rich in algae-based foods, sinking pellets, and fresh vegetables support its nutritional needs and promote vitality.



The Calico Bristlenose Pleco is a peaceful species that coexists well with a variety of tank mates. It is compatible with other similarly sized community fish such as tetras, rasboras, livebearers, and peaceful cichlids. However, exercise caution when housing them with larger or more aggressive species that may outcompete or harass them.



Breeding Calico Bristlenose Plecos in captivity is achievable with the right conditions. Provide ample hiding places and flat surfaces such as caves or breeding tubes for spawning. Once a pair forms a bond, the female will lay eggs, which the male fertilizes and guards. With proper care, the eggs hatch within a week, and the fry can be raised on a diet of specialized fry food or finely crushed flakes.

Calico Bristlenose Pleco (Male/Large)


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