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Tips for breeding BN plecos?
Old 07-07-2014, 11:29 AM   #1
 
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Tips for breeding BN plecos?

So, I'm going to try my hand at breeding plecos. I've kept plecos often, I adore them...but I've never bred them before. They'll be in a 73 gallon pool with caves, plants and sand substrate(may be sharing it off and on with livebearer fry I hope they don't eat...).


I was wondering if anyone had any tips on it. Feeding, water care and parameter needs(currently it's PH 7.4, GH 10-11, KH is unknown...I have API master freshwater test kit, doesn't come with that one, hardness is from the water company. Ammonia, nitrite and nitrate are zero, temp is 76 degrees...any of that off for BN plecos?), specific types of hiding places/plants/caves etc?

Basically I'd like you guys to give me everything one would need to know to keep and breed healthy BN plecos(possible long-fin variety). =)

Oh, yeah...I had BN plecos for a while that did great, unfortunately I did not QT a new fish and it passed them a nasty. >< That will never happen again. I lost interest after that, but I got it back...anywho, I've never seen or heard about them jumping, but do they ever jump? I am assuming I'll be needing a net over my pool! lol

The pool is indoor, by the way. I've been raising livebearer fry in there and kuhli loaches. But I wanted some friendly plecos in there so I thought I'd go with BNs, smaller and less aggressive than some. I figured they'd like it in there with so much space. I currently have a young common pleco, but he can't stay in there, he's going to get waaaaay too big(ideally I'd want him to have 200+ gallons of space, not my little 55 gallon tank or 73 gal pool....seems unfair).

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Old 07-07-2014, 11:40 AM   #2
 
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Mine have breed in ph from 6.5-7.8. Temp is fine at 76. For breeding you will want a couple tight caves. They seem to like those the most. All you will need are 3-4 caves and a male and female. They are super easy to breed. Some things that will help you are. Do some big water changes, try and mimic the rainy season. Also feed them a lot.
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:58 PM   #3
 
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breeding albino plecos

I have a pair of albino plecos in a 75 gal community tank ( 7 turquoise rainbows, 10 red cories, 1 pair German rams, 3 rabbit snails & 25 neons and a pair breeding angels)/ The pleco male is currently on his third brood in 6 months. The first brood, i did not know what was happening and the fry were snacks! The second brood I managed to transfer the fry to a brooding tank before they left the log and managed to raise all of them. I am currently waiting to tansfer the current brood this week.

I am not a breeder == just happened into this with my pleco pair and so far am enjoying the process just for fun!!
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:39 PM   #4
 
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lol I love the fork holding down the zucchini. I usually have to stick part under the cave or a rock.

So you move them away from the father? Are you supposed to after a time(I know the father not only takes care of the eggs, but totes the babies around and teaches and babysits them as well), or is it just so the other fish don't eat them all? If there isn't a need to remove them I wont. All the fish in the 73 gal are fry except my plecos, who will likely be young when I get them since I like to raise them myself from a young age to ensure they are properly cared for. I've ordered six who have the long fin gene in them, they should be here soon. :3

Happy, would you happen to have any available? It'd be nice to get other genes in. The ones I've ordered are brown and not albino, but it can't hurt to have the gene, yes? And other genes to lessen inbreeding risks. If not, that's alright. It's very hard to find healthy ones here, especially lately. Most of our petshops that sell fish are losing a lot of business because their providers are sending them all very sick fish and they are all currently changing providers. Once that's done, I'm hoping to find some lovely calico long-fins that are actually healthy and don't cost an arm and a leg. I know where to get some here....usually anyways, but they cost $20-$50+ each. c.c

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Old 07-09-2014, 07:26 AM   #5
 
Longfins here are usually 10-15 bucks. 20-50 is crazy!
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:27 AM   #6
 
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Longfins here are usually 10-15 bucks. 20-50 is crazy!
I think it depends on the color. Albinos and browns are usually cheaper,but the calicos I am interested in are very costly and hard to find. Not just hard to find in good shape, but hard to find period. I've only seen them one. I got my hands on an albino and a gorgeous calico...Unfortunately they did not survive an outbreak from a fish I did not QT. =( Stupid me. I haven't seen calicos ever again.
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:25 PM   #7
 
Petco has longfin albinos for like $6
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:25 PM   #8
 
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albino pleco fry

I just pulled the new fry from the dad..... there seems to be about 40! ANyway -- I put them in a seperate brooder because they would be eaten in my tank by the Rams or Angels!

I just sold 15 to the fish store, and have about 9 left; I want them to grow a little more. I would hate to ship these guys -- where are you located??
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Petco has longfin albinos for like $6
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Your lucky. My petco cant even get long finned.
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:47 PM   #10
 
Ask them if they can. They're listed on the website.
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