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Crissyloach
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BN pleco

Post by Crissyloach » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:27 pm

My bristlenose pleco in my 33 gallon tank has theese irregular light brown stripes on her. when you look at her on the glass straight up and down, she has horizontal bars. What does this mean?
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Current betta count...Too many. :P

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Re: BN pleco

Post by starsplitter7 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:59 pm

Could you post a picture? I imagine it is coloration. My male BN has a butterfly shape on his back made by small white spots. Very pretty.

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Re: BN pleco

Post by Crissyloach » Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:02 pm

I have no idea what it is. They were gone about an hour ago...now they are back. :roll:
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Re: BN pleco

Post by starsplitter7 » Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:15 pm

Is it food traveling through the body? Is it on the surface of the body, internal, . . . ?

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Re: BN pleco

Post by Crissyloach » Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:57 pm

Surface...it is her scales.
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Re: BN pleco

Post by starsplitter7 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:12 pm

Maybe she's scraping scales on algae or something.

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Re: BN pleco

Post by Crissyloach » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:22 pm

I don't have any. All of the plants are betta safe, so I dont think its them. Could it have anything to do with breding?
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Re: BN pleco

Post by starsplitter7 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:27 pm

I am clueless.

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Re: BN pleco

Post by Crissyloach » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:22 pm

Alright...Thanks for your help!
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Re: BN pleco

Post by SgtMajWiggles » Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:24 am

I've seen this. It seems to be normal? At least, mine haven't died yet. :) (They're happy, I swear!)

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Re: BN pleco

Post by Lambi » Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:01 pm

I had 3 bn, I noticed that they all started to turn a light brown. Beopfore I could act they were all dead within a few days of each other! Not saying its exactly the same thing but keep an eye on them.

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Re: BN pleco

Post by SgtMajWiggles » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:01 pm

Wow, I can't believe no one else has seen this. It's like a lighter colored, wide banding will appear at times and then disappear... depending on fish's mood? I have no idea why. I've raised a couple generations of BNs and they have been doing it all their lives, but seem to be healthy...

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Re: BN pleco

Post by cider » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:26 am

could they be stess related. I have seen this on photos of stressed plecs. As they chill out , the markings go away. My common had them sometimes. Not sure same as your bn problem, just a thought. G
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Re: BN pleco

Post by ahmandi2 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:19 pm

Had same fears with our BN; with enough questions and research realized that they change color / patterns sometimes....it scares me still!
Anyway, don't fret, it's just like a mood ring....I think
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Re: BN pleco

Post by Crissyloach » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:44 pm

It is weird! She goes from stripes to patches and then nothing! :)
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