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southafrica1001 07-26-2008 05:28 AM

Bristlenose pleco breeding?
hey :)
I have what i believe to be a male albino, and a longfin brown female, bristlenose, that are near 2 inches (if not more). Im not looking to breed them any time soon, however, i wanted to know at what age and size do they start spawning or start any spawning behaviour? Thanks :D

stuby 07-27-2008 11:12 PM

They could breed at any time now....I had a female that bred at 2". Is the female gravid?

southafrica1001 07-28-2008 12:36 AM

it doesnt look like she is gravid, so im worried that it could be a male, however the albino has bristles growing but i read the other day that there is some males that dont grow bristles, and im hoping that she isint one of them and really a he (if that makes sense :lol: ). She has started to come out of the cave i have, alot more, and they have been around each other alot more, so i dont know lol.

stuby 07-28-2008 04:26 PM

Males ancistrus normally don't like to hang out there's still hope that it's a she! What are you feeding them....If your feeding them just veggies start to feed some higher protein foods. They need some protein in there diet to breed. Also do a slightly cooler water change (1 to 2 degrees) after a week with no water changes....that sometimes gets them into the mood to get gravid and also work to get them to breed! HTH

southafrica1001 07-28-2008 10:04 PM

thanks :D, right now they are getting zucchini (which i rarly see them eat), and algae pellets (which they love), what kind of food would help? thanks again :D

stuby 07-28-2008 10:41 PM

I use New Life Spectrum pellots and all my plecs love it! You should be able to get some at a pet store but if you can't I can tell you where I get mine from.

tophat665 08-05-2008 08:03 PM

My Bristlenoses (both Sp3s) started breeding after I tossed a full portion of blackworms into the tank. They got down in the gravel, and the plecos would come out and hoover them up.

southafrica1001 08-18-2008 06:45 AM

hey thanks for the replies, ill try and find the food that has been suggested, but i dont know if i will find it as, ive never found live or frozen food for fish sold, where i am.

tophat665 08-18-2008 07:06 AM

southafrica1001 08-18-2008 07:15 AM

thanks ill look into it and see where they ship to :D

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