Why Pleco Is Kicking Fertile Eggs Out?

Veha

Member
Hey, my super red pleco is kicking eggs out of the cave that are fertilized and I can see they're still moving. There's still some eggs in the cave that have developed more than the eggs that he kicked out. Is it normal for plecos to kick out the slower growing eggs?
 

Demeter

Member
Is this his first time raising young? I had my first timer young male do the same thing but with all his eggs. I collected the first couple dozen I saw but during the night he kicked out the rest and the upside down catfish and bettas ate them all. If you want, you can grab the stray eggs and raise them yourself, an air stone above them for water flow is all they need until they hatch and absorb their yolk.
 
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Veha

Member
This is his second that I know of, I bought him and 2 female as adults. If the eggs are moving slightly but still have most the yolk will they still get the bacteria on them?

I forgot to mention, in a little clutch of eggs there are some that are not fertilized. Could he have just pushed them out and accidently got the fertal ones too? It seems like a lot to mistake.
 

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