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post #31 of 118 (permalink) Old 12-06-2009, 10:31 PM
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Thats one sweet looking male. Been looking to get me some. Been doing a lot of reading on them. They prefer a very soft water to breed in. Around 5.5 to 6.0 So hope you have lots of babies to raise.
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Me too. With the addition of some ADA Aquasoil and the natural tannins from the DW the ph was in the ~6 range last time I checked. I am contemplating a RO unit but there are more important thing right now my funds can be apportioned to.

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Thats one sweet looking male. Been looking to get me some. Been doing a lot of reading on them. They prefer a very soft water to breed in. Around 5.5 to 6.0 So hope you have lots of babies to raise.
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I know that feeling, I have been trying to get more tanks to setup breeders for my L180's, L66's and L333's on top of having abns, browns, calicos and such.
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That sounds like quite a lot of work. But im sure you will have some good success with them.

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I know that feeling, I have been trying to get more tanks to setup breeders for my L180's, L66's and L333's on top of having abns, browns, calicos and such.
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Thank you for your kind words. It's a shame about Ft.Hood....I have some buddies stationed there that used to be in the 101st Airborne with me. They are all OK though.

So, do your plecos poop the standard 9" poop strings that the ones you can buy at PetSmart do? You know, the species that PetSmart will sell you with a 10 gal. aquarium knowing that they can reach at least 18". How big does the species you are trying to breed get? Do you know how to sex them?

ahahah i work at petsmart i wont sell you a pleco... ill sell you a couple otos instead =P 55+ for plecos

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ahahah i work at petsmart i wont sell you a pleco... ill sell you a couple otos instead =P 55+ for plecos
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The most exciting thing in this post is the new piece of DW I just put in. Can you tell?







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moved pics in PB so they were deleted. Posted later in journal

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Got some pretty cool shots of the fish last night while I was cat watching. Since my past post I was shipped 3 more of these L183's from the guy I got them from. He is really and awesome person. We talk from time to time and during one of our conversations I mentioned that all of the plecos I had were males because of the facial bristles that were developing. He said hey if I just pay shipping hell send me a few more juveniles. Super cool!

moved pics in PB so they were deleted. Posted later in journalanks11-18-10016.jpg[/IMG]

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Those fish are beautiful Brandon!


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Hey if you ever get any spawns from these, I'd be interested- I love them!

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Very cool! I plan on getting some of these guys for my 75g (I am going community, not african or SW lol).


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Those fish are beautiful Brandon!
Thank you. I cant wait for them to all grow up and start getting it on!

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Hey if you ever get any spawns from these, I'd be interested- I love them!
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Very cool! I plan on getting some of these guys for my 75g (I am going community, not african or SW lol).


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They like soft water. The environment their from is a very strange bio-tope in the Amazon where there is hardly any water movement, very warm temps and so much tannin in the water from the organics it has a kind of antiseptic property.

Now for the other pics I would have had up with the others if PB wasn't acting stupid.

This is another juvenile male that kind of floats all around the tank. Hanging out places until the other big guys get tired of him being around.




This is the adult female that hangs out in the middle of the tank with the flash on.



FYI- These were all taken with my iphone, pretty awesome camera for taking sneaky shots. There is also a super bright LED flash that will stay on if you put it in video mode that I use when I am trying to see whats going on when the lights are off.
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Hey if you ever get any spawns from these, I'd be interested- I love them!
+1 to this

Also, are these specimens that you have wild caught or captive bred?

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Also, are these specimens that you have wild caught or captive bred?
If I ever got a chance to get down to to he Rio Negro you can bet your a$$ I would be trying to find these beauties. I'm sure I couldn't take any because of the permits and stuff but man, could you imagine wading in a black water pool with ancistrus all around you, cardinal tetras and other super cool catfish scuttling in the leaf litter!

These are not wold caught and are actually pretty hardy. In fact the Big Boy was in a 55g that prolly got down to the upper 560's at times and I actually had limestone as the background. I mean that is the exact opposite from what they live in. Cold and super hard water! He lived in there for 2 years or so and then I started reading about them and their habit at and almost puked. He actually killed (I have no concrete proof but I saw him harassing it all the time) a really awesome Rhino plec I had for like 5 years. He was a sub-adult at the time and easily 1/8th the size of the rhino.
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