Other Fish and Things
Red Bristlenose: We bought these as "Super Reds", but we have a hard time calling fish "super red" when they are not red at all. (neither is anyone else's plecos) What they are, is a new variety that is a nice reddish orange pleco and distinctly better colored than Albino types. These do tend to get a bit of brown speckling creeping in as they get older. Raised in our hatcheries, they are disease-free like all our fish.
Group of small juveniles
Blue Eyed Bristlenose
Blue Eyed Plecos. They are going by the name "Bue-Eyed", but the eyes look more black than blue to us. This is typical of the over-hyped names given to new fish by most people. These are not albino, but a new color mutation out of Brown Bristlenose. They are a cream-colored fish. Out of Stock
Our Brown Bristlenose are not drab. They have nice contrasting patterns. They really are beautiful. Take a look at this medium size Brown. We like to put the Browns in light colored tanks and the Albinos in dark tanks. This way, we see them easily and don't accidently siphon them out.
These may be the best tank-cleaners in existence. Our juveniles measure approximately 1.5". The Mediums are approximately 1.75"-2.5" and are reliably sexed when available. The adults get to 4" or 5" maximum. An old male may occasionally get a bit larger. Like all our fish, they are disease-free.
A true sign of health with albino bristlenose is vibrant yellow coloration. Pale albino bristlenose are usually stressed. They don't get any healthier or more colorful than our disease-free fish.
Bristlenose love to chew on driftwood. See our great selection of fish-safe driftwood here.
Fin Length Genetics
It works similar to angelfish fin-length genetics. Longfin is a dominant gene. Therefore, if a fish carries the gene, it will be longfin. If it has standard fins, it does not carry the gene for longfin and can never produce offspring with longfins unless crossed to a longfin.
If you're not getting fish with your snails, the shipping will be less expensive ordering through our Supplies Store - just make sure the weather and time-in-transit is appropriate when you order. They can handle temperatures in the box down into the 40s. The risk is yours with snails shipped by slower methods. We recommend Priority Mail shipping or faster methods unless you are nearby.
The larger Quarter+ size snails are capable of laying eggs any time.
Apple Snail - Pomacea bridgesii effusa, these beautiful snails now come in several color varieties. We will be adding more color varieties in the future. The only plant we've seen them eat is duckweed - which they love. A really big one will grow to about 2" in diameter. They lay their eggs in a cluster just above the water line, so it's easy to control them. Just remove the clusters or keep the water to the top of the tank. Dark Striped Purple (DSP) have a dark foot with purple stripes. The Light Striped Purple (LSP) have a light foot with purple striped. The foot color affects the way the shell base color appears and the shade of the purple. There is a fair amount of variation among the adults. The ivory apple snail has a light foot in a white shell. Keep in mind that shell color changes was they grow. Large adults tend to have less bright colors and shells with more imperfections
The video below shows some of the Purple variety.
Red Ramshorn - The red variety will breed true if you keep them separate from the other colors. They are amazingly bright colored and really add to a tank - much better than the brown variety. They've never eaten any of the plants that we keep.
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