Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Help - brsitlenose cat wreaking havoc
Hi everyone - this is my first post but I have been keeping plant tanks for several years now.
I have a heavily planted 150 gallon tank with a low fishload (12 SAEs, 4 Coryodoras and 1 brsitlenose). When I set it up about 4 years ago, I added the SAEs and a tiny Ancistrus to help keep the algae down during the run in period. The SAE's are now 5-6 inches in length and I love these active fish! I wish I could say the same about the bristlenose, which is rarely ever seen but is now a monster (at least 6 inches) and he is munching away on my beautiful Echinodorus "centerpiece". It has gotten a lot worse lately for some reason. I have tried to appease this guy with lots of spirulina wafers but I guess he is not satisfied.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I might be able to catch and remove the Ancistrus to set him up in a new home? Netting him is absolutely out of the question without breaking down the tank. There is a huge piece of driftwood in the tank with lots of nooks and crannies and as I mentioned, it is heavily planted with 4 years of growth and meticulous pruning. I only see him at night when I sneak up on the tank in near darkness. In the past he tended to concentrate on the oldest leaves but is now chowing down on the whole plant!