Yesterday at a fish auction I picked up a bag of peacock gudgeons and a pair of bushynose plecos. Anyone know how to breed the plecs? I know they like soft acidic water and you can change water right before a thunderstorm to replicate the rainy season, but is there anything else aside from that?
I've been breeding bristlenose pleco for the past three months and i have to say they are they easiest egglayer I have ever breed. I virtually do nothing and they spawn every four weeks or so. I read somewhere that a dirty tank simulates what it would be like in a river bed when the water level drops during the dry season. Anyway, here are my specs:
20 L with low light
Temp: 80 F
PH: 7 KH: 3-5 (don't really check these anymore)
Homemade clam shell spawning cave and malaysian driftwood. (Ancistrus are cave spawners and they like a cave with only one opening).
I have 1 male and three females. They are fed lightly boiled zuchinni, frozen string beans, algae wafers and froz. bloodworms.
When the male is seen inside the cave I know there are eggs. Eggs hatch in about 5 days. Fry feed on algae in tank after one week then onto zuc, and frozen frech-cut string beans (the split beans allows easier access to the soft part of the bean)
Side note: Ancistrus create alot of waste. Also, I do cold rain wayter water changes, but i'm not sure if it triggers them like it does with my blue rams and apistos.
The cooler water helps induce spawning. Best if before a storm but will most of the time work at anytime. Mine are in a 75 gal at 78 F with a ph of 7.4. When ever I change 20 to 30 % with cooler water they spawn. I use broken clay pots for this so that if I want I can remove the eggs to hatch in a smaller tank.
I have some now that will probably start hatching tomorrow. Here is a pic of the eggs.