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Baby Bristlies

1 May

I’m happy to report that my pair of albino Bristle-nosed Plecostomus has made babies. Not very many, I counted only four, but I am thrilled to see the cute little ones scurrying around the tank. The four babies are all the typical brown-colored Pleco and I have seen no albinos.

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The male is a short-fin and the female is a long-fin. I wonder what the babies will be.

I can’t say much about how to breed the Bristle-nosed Pleco. I put the pair in a ten-gallon tank, provided a nice rocky cave,  and made some regular water changes. They get the standard flake foods plus occasional peas, and I do have a small piece of driftwood for them to scrape.

The male Bristle -nose has the bristly nose.

The male Bristle -nose has the bristly nose.

I forgot about them for awhile and discontinued the water changes. I looked in the tank one day and there were the babies, already 3/8 of an inch long. (close to one centimeter)

I fear that I may have siphoned away baby Plecos when I changed water. Since the tank has a bare bottom I always siphoned the detritus (do they call it “mulm” anymore?) off the bottom. I dearly hope that didn’t happen.

Bristlenose Plecos move in together

2 Jan

After selling the baby Angels I have a little tank space again!

I put my two Bristlenose Plecos together yesterday. The male is a short-fin albino and the female is a long-fin albino.

The main feature of the tank is a very fake-looking plastic stump. It has four openings. I have read that Plecos like fairly narrow confines for spawning so I put some stones inside the stump to make it more cave-like.

The male has been spending all of his time in the stump or at the entrance. He has been waving his fins, much like an Angelfish fanning their eggs. The female has not done this at all so I believe the male is trying to impress the female with his fatherly abilities.

The female does not look full of eggs so if nothing happens I won’t be surprised. I’ll be feeding them especially well (today they got frozen peas and brine shrimp) and making water changes.

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The male is laying on the bottom and you can see the females flowing fins hanging above him.

If Bristlenoses were big they would be terrifying!

If Bristlenoses were big they would be terrifying!

Here's a little Bristlenose that I bought last month. They a a dollar apiece at Petsmart. I guess I won't get rich raising these guys either.

Here’s a little Bristlenose that I bought last month. They were a dollar apiece at Petsmart.  I guess I won’t get rich raising these guys either.