I have 6 tanks and decided to start a bristlenose breeding program. I have purchased groups of young bristlenose at auctions (regular, albino, marble, green dragon, longfin albino). I have probably purchased over 30 in the last 2-3 months. The problem is they keep dying off. I have probably lost half of them. Every week i find one or 2 dead. They look very skinny like they aren't eating. I have tried 3 or 4 kinds of wafers, pellets, sticks, zucchini, cucumber, peas, etc. my other fish all seem to be doing fine, only one or 2 deaths from getting stuck in powerful filtration.
There have been deaths in 3 of my 6 tanks. On the other hand, last night i had my first successful spawn from a pair i bought a week ago! The tanks all have mystery snails and lots of malaysian trumpet snails...could they be stealing all the food? Sometimes i see snails all over the wafers, but that is usually 24 hours after i put them in the tank so the plecos had their chance. I do see some of them on the zucchini, but not all.
With a grow out tank of say 10 juvie bristlenose, how often should i feed wafers, veggies, etc?
Parameters are good with ammonia and nitrite at zero, nitrate varies between 10 and 30 depending on weekly PWC
. Temp around 78. Never tested Ph because everyone says fish will adapt easier than holding an adjusted Ph level. I have mopani in every tank. Sand substrate. All tanks are over filtered.
I think that about covers it, please help!