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02-02-2013 09:49 PM
CKJ The only Zuchinni i've been able to find around here lately has that wax coating. lol So I peel it for them.

So do you think I have a male and 2 females or all males from the pics? I have a friend sending me a pleco cave next week.

I do hope they breed cause we love them so much and it would be so fun to have more of them.
02-01-2013 12:50 PM
wkndracer sorry for the delay in response, my head hasn't been in the game as it should be lately.

A female can get a bit of whisker around the upper lip right along the edge of the mouth. Males get the beard over the top of the head. I noticed in the pics that the veggie appeared to be skinned. Adults here start with eating the skin and eat the core last (they look healthy and happy)
01-28-2013 10:20 PM
gls_triton Also, when trying to breed, make sure the male has a cave that has a little bit of flow past the entrance. The male will sit inside the cave and "fan" for a few days before the female comes and lays eggs.

When the eggs are inside the male will stay with them and keep fanning. Try not to shine a light into the cave or move the cave as the male can and probably will through the eggs out causing them to die before hatching.

After a while the eggs will hatch and lots and lots of little Bristlenose will start to swim around the cave. They will stay near the cave for a while before they head off on their own adventure.

What are you feeding the Bristlenose?
01-28-2013 10:08 PM
CKJ Yikes!!!!!

They are all the same age and one is really big with all the whiskers so I just thought that since the other two were quite a bit smaller and with far less whiskers that those two were females. But that would explain why they aren't breeding it they were all males.

I sent a message to the guy here who we got them from to see what he thinks as well.

My son just loved his breeding thread on them and we've been hoping for babies ever since. lol

thanks a bunch
01-28-2013 09:56 PM
Re: My 10 gal, 20gal to 55 gal low light tank progression! 56K 10/9/11 LOTS of new p

Going down the list of photos you have up it looks like they are all male, just 2 different types of bristlenose catfish. Albino Shortfin Bristlenose Catfish and Albino Longfin Bristlenose Catfish...

Males have the bristles all over the nose/mouth/lip and females don't. Males are wider in the head than then the females, but the females stay wider in the body.

Hope that helps you work it out, but with the photos you have I'm 90% sure they are all Males...
01-28-2013 09:49 PM
CKJ Yep it's plastic. Used to have one just like it and never had any problems with it. Parents bought me a waterbed at age 12. lol Finally had to get rid of the the matress about 8 years ago and after 2 moves I can no longer find it any more.
01-28-2013 09:31 PM
Originally Posted by CKJ View Post
I'm ordering a waterbed fill kit next week
Hope it doesn't have a plastic adaptor for the faucet. Mine did and it wouldn't stay on the faucet.
01-28-2013 09:01 PM
CKJ Sewingalot has been most helpful at giving me a few plants here and there to see what works and what doesn't. That big clump on the left was so beautiful that she sent but they just wouldn't survive. She even sent me the extra black background. she's so sweet!

I'm ordering a waterbed fill kit next week cause it's really hard to clean and do water changes and this will help since the tank is in the living room next to the kitchen so i'll be able to add water much faster. Then it'll be easier to finally get that mulm off the sand and take some new pics cause those two areas with the java fern and anubias have grown pretty good since those last pics but sadly everything to the far right didn't make it though. Thanks Hilde!
01-28-2013 07:56 PM
Originally Posted by CKJ View Post
Haven't had plastic plants in the tank for a good long time.
In the very back the plants are so beautiful looks like they might be part of a picture. Plants or picture?
01-28-2013 05:51 PM
CKJ I haven't had the best of luck with growing things. lol Friends have given me stuff to try and every once in a while something might take off out of 10 different kinds of plants. lol

So right now there is java moss, java fern, anubias, some kind of sword, crypt wendtii, and a mystery crypt, and some super long pieces of floating anchiris, all in front of a black background.

Haven't had plastic plants in the tank for a good long time.
01-28-2013 01:58 PM
Hilde Is the Tonina sp. 'Belem' plastic background? If so where can I get some. My tank looks like a grave yard now and a nice background would help.
01-28-2013 01:21 PM
CKJ Haven't updated in a while but do have these photos to share!

We got these here on tpt and they've been our favs ever since. Have had them for well over a year now.

These are of the same fish. Male?

Love these long fins. Female?

This one is still smaller than the first one and less whiskers. The one on the right. Female?

Any tips for getting them to breed?

Thanks for looking
02-18-2012 02:02 AM
CKJ Some new pics! Finally! Need to take some more one the hm gets planted. lol and the the glass gets cleaned off!

But got a new background thanks to Sara! and some new plants too!

01-10-2012 06:58 PM
CKJ Sorry i've been a little mia lately! Just been very busy for awhile. My job is seasonal in the spring and fall...not much time for anything when i'm working. lol and then there was christmas and getting my very small ebay business up and going again. Selling scrapbook stuff. lol

I think the one in the 10 gal is fairly water logged finally not sure about the one in the 50 gal yet. To afraid to mess with it and it was so hard to get weighted down the first time.

Finally getting a new filter for the 50 gal today though! Ordered another marineland emperor 400. The old filter, same kind came with the new very used 50 gal when I got it at a garage sale and from the looks of it had been sitting in the garage for a few years but I was so happy that it worked but was literally held together with rubber bands and missing some pieces and constantly loosing prime and making horrible noises so figured it was time for a new one and save the old one for parts or backup. It should be here today.

Also got a new background from a friend so it'll be a good time today to put that on.

One of these days I do need to get pics of all the tanks again for ya!
12-02-2011 08:06 PM
sewingalot Helloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Checking for updates! I like your wood pile rescue. Is your 10 gallon piece water logged yet? Update me!
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