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EvilPunkLlama 05-31-2009 10:06 PM

Need Advice For Breeding Plecos
Hey all! I'm a bit new to breeding plecos, but I would really like to give it a shot! I just have a few questions for you guys!

- I'm getting 6 unsexed red marble long fin bristlenose Juvis (if I win the auction they are around 1-1 1/2 inches right now i believe. How old/big to they need to be before they can be sexed?

-How old/big do they need to be before they reach breeding maturity?

-What is a good tank set up for them?

-Can I have other fish with them, of is it best to leave them alone if Im planning to breed them?

-And is a 20gal long tank big enough for a breeding trio?

Thanks in advance guys!

jackson88 06-01-2009 02:53 AM

yep- 20gallon should be ok to breed them in

they should be around 10-11cm (including fins) before you can see the males will have bristles

provide them with a cave and once they are sexually mature (around 1 -2 years old) they will be ready to breed. the cave should be only just large enough to allow the male to enter, and the male will grow quicker than the female generally.

they grow painfully slow compared to shortfins, so expect them to be quite small even when they are around a year old.


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