Bristlenose growing up colours?

Bruce Leyland-Jones

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So I bought my Bristlenose plec when it was but a l'il 'un.
This was taken on the 25th July.

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This pic was taken on the 21st September. Nose to tail-tip, length is just under 4cm.

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So I notice the white spots appear to be fading. I assume that these will disappear altogether?
At what size/age will I be able to sex it? I assume I need to wait for the 'bristles' to show?
 

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The bristles are more noticeable in the males as they mature. Mine is around 3'' and has a mottled, brown camouflage coloration right now, with small bristles.
 

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Hey :)
Hard to say at this age/size !
In general, female has wider body, shorter pectoral fins, small bristles mostly around mouth.
Could you provide a picture showing its pectoral fins widely spred ?
 

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It takes time grasshopper for the bristle to grow or not to grow and then the answer will be reveled. Either has bristle or no bristle, that is the question?
 
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