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post #1 of 3 Old 11-30-2010, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
Catfish breeding suggestions?

You may have seen my other thread about zebra plecos. I would like to breed them in 2 or 3 years time when I have finished studying and will be able to afford them :)

In the meantime, I would like to 'practice', if you like, breeding catfish. I have recently had my first batch of bristlenose fry. This is the only catfish I've ever kept. I think they're fascinating!

Can anyone recommend what might be a good 'next step' on my way to breeding zebra plecos?!

I have quite a bit of free tank space and three or four LFS who will take small fry.
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-30-2010, 06:46 PM
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Bristlenose are said to be the easiest of the catfish group to spawn. I don't say that to downplay your success, which in my view is an accomplishment for any aquarist whatever the species; but more to indicate that you can expect the others to be more of a challenge.

I don't set out to spawn fish, but several species regularly do in my community aquaria, and sometimes fry do survive predation. I have had several spawnings with Farlowella, the Twig Catfish, as reported with photos in this earlier thread:

Spawning Farlowella (Twig Catfish)

With one male and two females, I had spawnings continually for several weeks. Being in a large community tank (my 90g flooded Amazon forest setup) the fry had to be removed just before they hatched, or they were gobbled up. The difficult issue with this species is feeding the fry. They must have soft green algae. Following published reports using blanched spinach and zucchini, I tried those but without success. Still, I have 4 maturing fry in one tank that seem to be doing well and appear to be eating from tablets, and they are around an inch or just over. There are a few in the other tank from the last spawning. The adults seem to be worn out now, and have not since spawned.


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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-01-2010, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
Yes I thought I'd start with the easiest and work my way up :) plus I do love bristlenose, I'm currently searching for the rarer types of BN.

I will look up the catfish you have mentioned, thank you.
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