Max Growth Size:15 cm
Preferred Water Parameters
Temperature: 23-27 degrees celsius
pH Level: 6.5—7.5
Range: Amazon region
Diet: vegetarian to omnivorous and require vegetable matter in their diet. Sinking tablets, wafers or pellets containing Spirulina or similar are ideal. Bristlenose catfish also readily feed on vegetables such as squashed peas, cucumber, zucchini, pump- kinandlettuce.
They have a‘sucker mouth’with rasping teeth that are ideal for eating algae etc off surfaces The Bristlenose catfish can grow up to 15cm, with females usually a little bit smaller. They will live for several years if well maintained.Water QualityPepermint bristlenose originate from water that is slightly acid and soft but are quite tolerant to a wide range of water qualities. CompatibilityThese catfish are peaceful and will mix with just about any fish from Neon Tetra’s to African cichlids. They are also reasonably tolerant of water quality and can adjust to most water conditions that are close to their own.
Mature males may be aggressive to other males but in general this species is an ideal community fish, and in fact one of the most popular community tank catfish.Colour and Varietiespepermint bristlenose catfish are generally are black with small white spots across the body. SexingSexually mature males develop branched, short bristles extending from their, Females generally do not develop bristles and if they do are considerably smaller than the males. Mature females can also be readily identified by a rounder stomach than males, this is very obvious when looking down onto the catfish.
General Informationpepermint bristlenose catfish are great addition to any tank and are highly recommended for any tropical community tank, where they help in keeping the inside of tanks clean by eating algae off all surfaces. They will tend to hide during the day amongst plants or under rocks etc but become more active at night when they feed. They should be provided with hiding places in the formofcaves,hollowlogsetc.Pairs will often spawn if well maintained in community tanks and provided with hiding places.Pepermint bristlenose like flowing water and the addition of a powerhead is often beneficial for this species.