Hail and well met, fellow locariphiles. I've posted a poll above - and here's the impetus and background:
I'd like to take a shot at getting my bristlenoses to breed. Unfortunately, the pair I have in my 55 are both female, and the single I have in my 20 gallon is the male. In the 55, I have an assortment of caves in various sizes ranging from an 8" tall replica of the front gate of Angkor Wat down to one slate propped on another to give a little 2x2 inch hovel that my kuhlis tend to hang out in. In the 20, there is the one cave that the male has taken for his own, under a piece of driftwood. It's pretty small in diameter (about 1 1/2") but it's deeper than my fingers will reach into.
So I'm trying to figure out which would be the best reshuffling of stock (or if it would be better yet to move the pair to yet another 20 or an empty 5 1/2 and give them some PVC pipe to snuggle in).
So, here's the stocking for the 3 possible tanks:
1) 55 gallon: 2x female bristlenosed plecos, 5x Botia striata
, 3x kuhli loaches, 12x Harlequin Rasbora
, 8x Cherry Barb
- substrate is medium/fine black gravel
2) 20 gallon (high): 1x male bristlenose, 1x Clown Pleco
, 5x black neon, 6x Glowlight Tetra
, 4x sterbas cory, 1x three lined cory - substrate is medium/fine black gravel
3) 20 gallon (high): a dozen young female fancy guppies - substrate is 1/2 to 3/4" pebbles.
All are planted, and all but the last heavily planted. The last doesn't have any driftwood in it either, but that could be easily remedied.
Moving the male may involve a high order of difficulty, as he loves him that cave, and hangs out farther back in it than my fingers will reach. Moving the clown may or may not be any easier. Catching one of the females to move is probably not too hard (they tend to zip into the temple gate when startled).
What do you figure is my best option?