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post #1 of 16 Old 04-23-2007, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
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some help in breeding Bristlenose catfish

i got bout 8 bristlenosse catfish and a couple of pleco's, i have found in a log bout 20 small orange eggs. i have found out who the male is as he hangs around the log and won;t let anyone in. it’s a Bristlenose. if anyone can help on what you normally do when breeding these catfish..

my plan is …. I have some big gold fish that may eat the baby catfish if they survive,,,, I would like to transfer the male and the eggs into a smaller tank until they spawn… I can’t tell just yet who the female is,,,, then I may puit the male and his log back into my main tank to see if they'll breed again

if i don't do this i;ll see if they survive in my main tank and transfer them ASAP without the male into my medi tank. .


i need advicec, any advise people.....
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post #2 of 16 Old 04-23-2007, 08:26 AM
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I have breed bristlenose catfish. You need to put the male and the log in another tank if you don't want the fry eaten. the male looks after the eggs and young fry, not the female. You need good aeration though.

I currently have over 100 babies ready to sell.
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post #3 of 16 Old 04-23-2007, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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i will look to do this .... then once they spawn do i re introduce the male into the main tank or put some females with the male in the samller tank.
can i PM you if have queries. cheers
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post #4 of 16 Old 04-26-2007, 10:06 AM
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sorry took so long to reply.
The male needs to stay with the fry for a week or so after you see the fry swimming free of yolk sac.
then its up to you, put him back in community tank or in separate tank with a couple of females. He will find a cave and chase the females. When he disappears you know he's looking after eggs.


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post #5 of 16 Old 04-26-2007, 10:19 AM
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You need good aeration though.
What's the reasoning behind the fry needing better aceration than the adults?

I have a pair of ancistrus arriving tomorrow - hopefully they will breed but I'm not fussed uf they don't. :D
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post #6 of 16 Old 04-26-2007, 11:57 AM
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I'm not sure why but if there is not enough the young cling to the glass near the water surface and gulp for air . They make a weird creaking noise as well. if left for too long with no aeration they die.
Doesn't seem to bother the adults as much although they will gulp for air sometimes.
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post #7 of 16 Old 04-28-2007, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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well the fry are all swimming happily about in my 2nd tank. aeration is good and none are at the surface, pretty happy about this, unfortunately i now know that my main tank is too crowded.

It was all good when they were smaller i didn't think about it, 6 months down the track they're heaps bigger & so are the goldfish. .

i am thinking about selling some of the younger bristlenosses i have, they would be about 5cm in length, what would these go for. ... if no one was interested i'd take em to a shop . would they give me anything for em ?

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It was all good when they were smaller i didn't think about it, 6 months down the track they're heaps bigger & so are the goldfish.
Goldfish prefer much lower temperatures that plecs - best to keep them seperate.

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i am thinking about selling some of the younger bristlenosses i have, they would be about 5cm in length, what would these go for. ... if no one was interested i'd take em to a shop . would they give me anything for em ?
Where about do you live? I'm not looking for an address btw - just a general location will do.
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post #9 of 16 Old 04-30-2007, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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i have been told this before. with only one larger & 1 smaller tank i can't seperate . they been doing fine for about the last 18 months.. no need really to seperate...
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post #10 of 16 Old 04-30-2007, 10:53 PM
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I would have been more worried about the goldfish eating the eggs than the babies. If the babies have enough hiding places and caves they should be fine until they reach a large enough size to give the goldies a pain if they try to eat them.
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