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The Orange Bushy Nose Plecostomus is a stunning variation of this species that features bright orange colouring with dark brown or black markings. As these fish age, their markings become darker and they gain whiskers on their noses. Another variation is the Albino Gold Bushy Nose Plecostomus, which originates from the Amazon Basin of South America. Additionally, the Albino Long Fin Plecostomus comes from the rivers and tributaries of Paraguay and has pale colouration with very long, flowing fins. As with other albino fish, these plecos have the unique red eyes. All of these fish are a beautiful addition to any freshwater aquarium.
Planted aquariums provide a healthy environment for the Bushy Nose Plecostomus and should include hearty, fast-growing plants, high aeration and water movement. A minimum tank size of 30 gallons should be provided for the fish, as well as rocks and driftwood to give it a natural habitat and provide hiding spaces. Furthermore, regular maintenance such as weekly water changes and cleaning of the filter media is essential to ensure a healthy environment. Additionally, providing the fish with a varied diet of both plant and protein-based foods will help to improve its quality of life.
Breeding Bushy Nose Plecostomus is relatively easy, and most breeding occurs in the winter months. This Plecostomus can be triggered to breed by performing a 75% water change in the late fall. The eggs are usually deposited on a piece of driftwood where the male will stay to guard them. The fry will become waterborne in approximately 10 days, at which time, they should be removed and raised in a separate aquarium. Feed the fry mashed and peeled peas.