Bristlenose are definitely larger then Rubber lip pleco. I don't believe I have ever seen a Rubber Lip much larger then 4 1/2" TL and Bristle Nose commonly get around 6" TL for males and 5" TL or more for females. Planet catfish lists Rubberlip at 4.1" SL https://www.planetcatfish.com/common/species.php?species_id=318 and 4.9" SL (would equate to a little more then 6" TL) for Bristle Nose https://www.planetcatfish.com/common/species.php?species_id=318 .DJRansome said:Bristlenose are smaller (create less waste) and stand up better to cichlids like those from the African Rift Lakes.
There definitely commercially produced in large numbers. They are commonly available at the box stores 365 days a year (for at least the last 5 years now) and are priced similar to BNs. Lot's of fish that are not commonly bred in aquaria are still produced in large ponds (either in the far east or Florida, or both).DJRansome said:The article said they do not spawn in aquariums generally so I assume they are all wild caught.
If you intend to breed these fish, I couldn't say for certain, but it is not inconceivable that either of these cichlids will have problems defending eggs/wriggles from larger BNs or Ruber Lips.bristlenose72 said:This will be a tank with a pair of buffalo heads and a pair of Analomochromis Thomasei.
I did not know that. I assumed they would be commercially bred because of the large numbers that are sold and their very common availability.Mr Chromedome said:They do not lend themselves to commercial breeding because they require a strong current over a stony stream bed; they cannot breed in ponds.
Here they are priced very much the same. Around $ 10- $12 for either at the box stores.https://www.petsmart.ca/fish/live-fish/goldfish-betta-and-more/rubber-lip-plecostomus-4034742.html i don't have a link for BN's put have purchased many over the last few years for $11.99 (many of which did not survive). Similar prices right across western Canada as the chain stores tend to have fairly standardized prices. Odd that wild caught fish would have the same price as a common domestic, but maybe the high demand for BNs has increased its price (?).Mr Chromedome said:Bristlenose are going to be far cheaper[/i].