bristlenose pleco laid eggs in filter
I have two bristlenose plecos. I never knew the genders of either. Obviously one of them is female lol. Her name is Pepper (other is Salt). Yesterday when I was doing a bit of maintenance on the tank (cleaning left over cucumber and algae wafers, scooping out snails) I noticed that Pepper was just...gone. I looked all around the floor because she jumped out once not too long ago (bout 3am, thankfully loud enough to wake me up) but didnt find her, moved everything in the tank, and then thought "no way...he couldnt be" (had assumed Pep a guy till now). I dumped out my hob filter and sure enough, there she was. I read of some other peoples plecos doing the same thing so didnt really worry about it, but wanted to do a water change before bed just a bit ago so got her out and noticed something else in the filter. Figured it was some plant matter that got stuck, but turned out to be a clutch of eggs which is why she kept going into the filter I guess. Now Salt has abandoned his wafer and is laying next to them, not on them, otherwise id be worried hes eating them.
This is my first tank. Ive had lots since I was little, but this is the first tank that is only mine that I get to take care of, so I have no idea what to do now. If Salt is indeed a male and the eggs are fertilized, do I need to do anything to keep them safe. Theyre in a ten gallon with some guppies and baby angelfish. I dont think the guppies will bother them and the angelfish is pretty well occupied with the small snails, but she may try to eat them. Maybe I should let her? It is a ten gallon and Im pretty well stocked. I definitely dont have room for 10 more plecos. I could even move a few to my 20 gallon once its finished cycling, but I had intended to put my angelfish there as well as a couple dwarf gouramis so I dont know how safe the fry would be. And I dont want to promise plecos to friends only to have them eaten before they can even be seen. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! :-)
Oh yeah, just wanted to add that I do have a tunnel and a small cave which both plecos have seemed to like, so I dont know why Pepper has taken such a liking to the filter :/
If you don't care to raise the fry from the Bristlenose then remove the egg's, but do note that the pair are capable of producing more within a week or two of first spawn.
Maybe get larger tank for the Bristlenose which really need to be in bigger tank than the 10 or 20 gallon as adult's.
It is the Male bristlenose that stay's with the egg's for approx ten to twelve day's until they are big enough to forage on their own.
Don't believe the angelfish if small.would bother the fry but adult Angelfish might,and this could result in the tiny bristlenose getting caught in angelfishes throat as the Bristlenose have spines that they lock into place on either side(pectoral fins) and on top (Dorsal fin).
Is why most larger fish don't mess with them too much.8-)
P.S. I have kept/am keeping bristlenose ,and have seen spawn's of 75 or more egg's.
Thank you! I removed the eggs. Bristlenoses are so small I wouldnt guess they need bigger tanks, but I guess I can move them to my bf's 55gal until I can get a bigger tank. Ive been considering switching the guppies, shrimp and plecos I have in the 10 gal to my 20 gal when its ready and then putting the angelfish in a 30 gal instead with some new fish and just keeping the 10 gal as a second quarantine tank or a hospital or fry tank. If the plecos need a bigger tank then ill do that and put them in the 30gal. Its an awesome excuse to play with and rearrange more tanks anyway and spend more money on cooler plants :-P "I HAVE to aquascape! Lives depend on it!" Hehe. Anyway, thanks so much for the info!
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