bristlenose breeding problem

Discussion in 'Breeding Fish' started by SwordtailDude, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. SwordtailDudeValued MemberMember

    i have three bristlenose plecostomus, two males and a female, one of the male i got be accedent b/c i thought it was a female. i have had them for several months now and my female is very fat and has been almost since i got her and they still havent bred. i DO have a cave in which the dominant male stays in so i dont get to seen him all that much. can anyone give me a reason why they wont breed?

  2. SwordtailDudeValued MemberMember

    if needed i can post pictures
  3. lizzjValued MemberMember

    What size tank are they in?
  4. AquariaUKValued MemberMember

    Don't know if this helps, but good luck anyway!

    Breeding common pleco in captivity is hard and only a small number of aquarists have managed to successfully raise common pleco fry in their aquariums. In the wild, the common pleco prefers to use caves along the river bank as spawning sites and such conditions are naturally quite hard to mimic in the aquarium. When common plecos are bred in captivity for the aquarium hobby, they are normally bred in ponds, not in aquariums.

    One of the easier plecos to breed in captivity is the Bristlenose catfish ( Ancistrus dolichopterus ). This species does not need a cave along a river bed; it will happily breed in a normal stone cave or flowerpot in the aquarium. Make sure that you plecos are happy and healthy in the aquarium and keep them on a nutritious and varied diet. It is also important that you provide them with optimal conditions when it comes to water quality, water chemistry, and so on. If you are lucky, your couple will get into spawning mood and the male will attract the female to the cave. The female will deposit the eggs and the male will stay around after fertilization to care for the offspring. He will also chase away predators. After 4-8 days the eggs will hatch and the fry will be free swimming within another 4-6 days.
  5. SwordtailDudeValued MemberMember

    29 gal but i am getting a bigger one around feburary pssibly a 75 to 100 gallons
  6. lizzjValued MemberMember

    Mine spawn all the time. Like the article above...keep the water clean and feed them well. Mine love green beans. Good luck, hope they spawn for you soon.
  7. SwordtailDudeValued MemberMember

    could they be diff. types of bristlenose because they were in diff. holding spaces or does it even matter
  8. lizzjValued MemberMember

    Which type of bristlenose do you have? If you wan to post some pics, that may help.
  9. soltarianknightFishlore VIPMember

    Nah, most BN breed the same it seems. Just give them plenty of options. Get some PVC in there(cap one end) some more terracotta pots and other caves. A good varied diet of veggies and some proteins.

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