Today I decided to perform weekly water change on 75 gal tank at work before the Thanksgiving holiday.
The tank is home for one Paratilapia Polleni cichlid,Two Synodontis Multipunctatus Catfish, and a male and female Longfinned albino Bristlenose. Normally I would just change 40 to 50 percent of the water and call it good. Usually do gravel vaccum once a week on sunday, but didn't want to come by work if I didn't have to, and so I decided to remove all of the decor which consists of flagstone ,large smooth river stones,and some pvc pipe glued to some flat pieces of slate. Also is one very large piece of driftwood that resembles a large danish with hollowed out underside.
As I was removing the driftwood piece ,I noticed a cluster of approx 50 to 100 bright orange eggs and the male bristlenose would not let go of the wood like he usually does.
I was concerned that leaving the eggs in the tank would probably not be a good idea due to the catfish and cichlid which are all approaching five inches and could easily snap up any baby Bristlenose should they indeed become free swimming.
I decided to draw some of the water from the aquarium into a bucket and I gently placed the driftwood which barely fit ,into the bucket with the male pleco still attached. Not twenty feet outside the boiler room where the 75 gal sits,,is a 29 gal guppy tank belonging to a lady who works in the office outside the boileroom. She has been reduced to partime employee and is only here one day a week and long ago stopped caring for the few guppies in the tank. I have been caring for her tank and decided the bristlenose would have better chance in this tank. Must confess I do not keep her tank nearly as well as I keep my own and there is sufficient algae and biofilm on surfaces,that I hope the young fry or most,will survive on along with fresh veggies and spirulina that I will provide.
Guess this explains why I have not seen the male for a week or two ,and why the female who was rather plump, suddenly looks slimmer. Anyhoo,, I'ts funny that even a old fart like me, still gets excited when eggs or babies are present in the tank. Am glad that there was another tank close by to move the nest to and hope I didn't cause Dad too much anxiety.
And before Kymmie asks.. I will try and get some pics if babies present themselves. Promise