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).