When I first started keeping Bristlenose Catfish it was more for the purpose as an Algae Eating Fish in my Betta tanks. I had been using Mystery Snails as well but I found that the Bristlenose did a couple of jobs the snails weren’t as good at.
Firstly my Bristlenoses liked to feed off the sponge filter in my Betta breeding tanks which was great for keeping them clean in a fry tank. Secondly they could also get into tighter places that the Snails couldn’t. I was reminded of this just the other day when I noticed the aquarium heater in one of my breeding tanks had algae growing on the plastic suction mounts and around the black cap where the thermostat knob was located. Therefore after my Betta pair had finished spawning I introduced 2 small Bristlenoses and within about a day all the algae was gone.
Therefore as you can see Bristlenose Catfish certainly are a very beneficial addition to your fish tank.
It wasn’t until recently though when I added a small Bristlenose to my Betta tank in my office that I actually started to become interested in them beyond the use they served in my tanks. I started to become fascinated with them. You see they tend to get on well with most other aquarium fish and especially good for me, my Bettas.
I found it interesting the way they would dart around the tank and as a consequence I decided to do some research on Bristlenoses. Firstly I found they were reasonably easy to care for and secondly discovered they seemed to be reasonably easy to breed. Next up I found they were also very much in demand and of course the reason why was very understandable. They are a very useful fish. Plus they do actually grow on you to the extent where they are very easy to fall for.
So what I’ve decided to do is set up some breeding tanks and start breeding them. Therefore this is what this blog is all about. It’s about my practical experiences keeping and breeding Bristlenose Catfish. Hopefully I will have plenty to write about, so if you’ve come here looking for Bristlenose information and haven’t found what you’re looking for then please subscribe to my Bristlenose Catfish RSS feed as this Bristlenose Blog will be a work in progress.
I’ll be adding information all the time and learning as I go so if you’re in the same position as me then I hope we can learn together. Exchange of information is what it’s all about, please have a look around, Cheers.