Photo: A bristlenose pleco (Ancistrus sp.) up close

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The bristlenose plecos (Ancistrus sp.) are the most common algae cleaners in the aquarium trade, and they are very cool fish in my opinion. The adult males will grow big "mustaches" on their face. I'm not entirely sure exactly why they grow these, but they don't seem to serve a purpose, so I would assume that they are ornaments used to attract females to mate with them.

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My biggest male decided to come out of his cave for a little while today, so I got a pretty nice shot of him. I think he has a pretty impressive mustache, and it surely seem to do wonders for the female bristlenoses in the tank.

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Wow! That´s some decent mustache! None of my ancistruses (is that a correct plural form? :D) ever made it to such a remarkable mustache. You must be taking a very good care of your little underwater world my friend! Great job a great photo :)


Good question about how to write it in plural. Since it's Latin, I would assume that it's either ancistri or ancistruses. I would go with the latter one, because that makes more sense in English.

My first acquaintance with a bristlenose Thank you! The sea seems to offer an endless variety of life. One of my favorite accounts on Twitter is the Maduro Dive. Check out some of the videos posted on that feed.


Wow, that's a cool Twitter account. It would be awesome if they would post on Steem as well ;)


I passed your message on and provided a link to this post. I hope he checks it out...he will be impressed.

Wow, you’re doing a great job, in your own amazing way supporting nature through caring for other creatures.

I love your male bristlenose pleco @valth

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Thanks, I'm glad you liked it, @maxdevalue!


Yes I do! Thanks very much, I also appreciate your up vote 🗳

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