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Old 02-27-2012, 11:27 PM   #1
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Bristlenose breeding tips

I've tried getting my bristlenose to breed with no success so far. My female looks pretty prime and my male was chasing her around the breeding tank two days ago. She entered his cave but no eggs..
Now she won't go near him and all the chasing has stopped.
I've also tried her with another larger male but also no success.
Both males fanned their asses off for her too.
I've tried dropping water temp, colder water changes to drop it 2 degrees Celsius from 26c to 24c.
Also did this at the beginning of a storm.
There is always a fresh supply of bloodworm, zucchini, pumpkin, or veggie/algae wafer available to them.
I also have a piece of well used driftwood in there. And have added a little brackish water from another of my tanks with similar water conditions.
Ph is 6.7-6.9. Gh 5-6. ammonia 0
I'm doing 30% water changes every second day.
What am I doing wrong?
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:29 PM   #2
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I've tried getting my bristlenose to breed with no success so far. My female looks pretty prime and my male was chasing her around the breeding tank two days ago. She entered his cave but no eggs..
Now she won't go near him and all the chasing has stopped.
I've also tried her with another larger male but also no success.
Both males fanned their asses off for her too.
I've tried dropping water temp, colder water changes to drop it 2 degrees Celsius from 26c to 24c.
Also did this at the beginning of a storm.
There is always a fresh supply of bloodworm, zucchini, pumpkin, or veggie/algae wafer available to them.
I also have a piece of well used driftwood in there. And have added a little brackish water from another of my tanks with similar water conditions.
Ph is 6.7-6.9. Gh 5-6. ammonia 0
I'm doing 30% water changes every second day.
What am I doing wrong?
I have no idea but there's a member here Toddnbecka he breeds them all the time you could pm him.
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:38 PM   #3
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A pic of the tank setup.
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:42 PM   #4
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Very nice. Like the editing!!!
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:52 PM   #5
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Get a powerhead and direct it so that there is a flow towards the entrance of his cave.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:38 AM   #6
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I change the tank around a little two days ago. Directed the filter flow onto the cave and repositioned the caves to get better viewing without disturbing them.
Anyways. My male has been chasing the female around like crazy today and he is even blocking her in her own cave.
But she quickly rushes out and hides under the filter and he goes back to his own cave. I have included a picture of him at the mouth of her cave. All fins up and wiggling around like mad. Never seen this before.
She still shows no interest tho
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:53 AM   #7
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I would add a couple more caves, then change the water 25 to 30% with RO water to simulate a large rain, this should send them into a tizzy
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Forgot to add, wait 5 days before the water change
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:19 PM   #9
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Thankyou. I'll try it out. Any more advice appreciated
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:22 PM   #10
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How old is the female? I know with some other breeds the female won't have anything to do with the male until she's reached full maturity. Not sure if this applies to bn's though?
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She is about 1.5-2years old. About 3.5 inch big
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She sounds like she is mature enough
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She sounds like she is mature enough.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:04 PM   #14
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Hi, I'm no expert when it comes to bristle nose plecos but I have successfully breed mine now 3 times, well i say I have but I didn't really do anything. But what I have found usefull is having 3 females to 1 male and eventually he paired up with one of the females. So what I'm saying is maybe get another couple of females as it sounds like your female might need a bit of competition to get her in the mood lol
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:31 PM   #15
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Lol I was worried someone would say that. I have another 5 little guys I bought a month ago all at about 4cm now. Still waiting for them to mature. Til then, guessing its a waiting game. Lol
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Ok. So I look in there today and there is a massive clump of eggs right up the back of his cave and one nackered looking female still hanging around the outside. I only got a quick peek as not to disturb him too much and risk him start throwing eggs out as I've heard it can do?
He is very busy in there fanning his *** off. Lol!

So as it turns out. No matter how much I researched, its more just a case of just letting nature take its course.

So.... What's next? Should I do anything special? When do I remove the female from the breeding tank and return her to her main tank? It is only her and her male friend in there. Can I just keep her in there?
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Just noticed the female went back into the cave? What do I do? Is this normal? :s
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Ok. So I look in there today and there is a massive clump of eggs right up the back of his cave and one nackered looking female still hanging around the outside. I only got a quick peek as not to disturb him too much and risk him start throwing eggs out as I've heard it can do?
He is very busy in there fanning his *** off. Lol!

So as it turns out. No matter how much I researched, its more just a case of just letting nature take its course.

So.... What's next? Should I do anything special? When do I remove the female from the breeding tank and return her to her main tank? It is only her and her male friend in there. Can I just keep her in there?
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Congrats!
From what I researched that's normal.
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Got impatient. Lol. Here's a pic of dad and his eggs hope u all enjoy!
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