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Bree 01-22-2013 02:41 AM

Long finned Albino BN pleco Spawn!!
So yea! My pair of albino Bristlenose plecos have spawned leaving around 25 eggs and daddy guarding them.

They are in a 45 gallon lightly planted tank with flourite black sand and lots of driftwood.

Inhabitants include:
5 med/large veiled angelfish (no pairs yet..)
6 panda corys
4 neon tetras
10 harlquin rasporas
5 young Lake kutuba rainbowfish
Pair of young iranian rainbowfish
2 large keyhole cichlids
1 bolivian ram

So far the male is doing an amazing job looking after the eggs, never leaving them and fanning them with his fins, this is their first spawn and they are still very young (approx. 8 months old parents and 3 inch long inc. fins)

But anyways! I want these babies to live, so what do i do? Add a toon more plants for hiding places, rehome some of my other fish...?

The bolivian ram is definitely going, hes a sneaky little dude and would pluck the babies off fast, angelfish are to big to get down in the shrubs and driftwood, what about the rainbows and keyholes though?

sbarbee54 01-22-2013 03:29 AM

My discus or rams never touched mine have about 30 running all over the tank now

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GnoixuoS 01-22-2013 03:30 AM

Congrats! IME unless you separate the babies, not many will survive. They may become food for the others, or they may not get enough to eat. I would rehome the daddy with the cave in another tank.

Bree 01-22-2013 04:51 AM

The odd thing is, they laid the eggs about 1/2 inch below the surface of the water, they had dug out 3 beautiful, large caves under a few pieces of driftwood, but the end they just laid them at the surface in the back left hand corner- straight on the glass. haha

I feed my fish very well, the plecos get a hikari algae wafer every other day, corys get a hagen bottom feeder tablet, rainbows and angels get large new life spectrum garlic pellets, smaller fish get the same only in smaller forms and than one i week i will also add in either frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, tublifix worms, and various flake food.

I feed once or twice a day, so there should be a good amount of food and the fish should hopfully not feel the need to eat more- ie. baby plecos? haha

What if i were to add a toon of plants to the ground? Would that provide enough coverage for them to hide maybe? I just don't have any extra tanks.... Only other i have in a 5 gallon loaded with guppys, betta, shrimp and a frog. haha

mengyone 01-22-2013 05:18 AM

put them in their own tank.

GnoixuoS 01-22-2013 07:45 PM

Once they hatch and start to wander you should put them in your 5 gallon. They should be fine in there. Being in such a large tank, it may be hard for them to find food. Especially if there are larger fish in the tank. It'll be easier to monitor them in a 5 gallon.

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