View Full Version : Bristlenose suprise

09-20-2014, 02:33 AM
I've had a female bristlenose for about 2 years and she is a big bruiser, maybe 4 1/2 inches. I put a young male bristlenose into her tank because he was keeping another bristlenose from eating in another tank. I thought he was to young to breed, but he showed me otherwise.

http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah114/jwatson55/plecofry002_zps83026f4d.jpg (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/jwatson55/media/plecofry002_zps83026f4d.jpg.html)
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http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah114/jwatson55/plecofry002_zps83026f4d.jpg (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/jwatson55/media/plecofry002_zps83026f4d.jpg.html)
There are at least 30 to 40 fry. She threw quite a few albino fry as well. Genetics is a strange thing, both parents are brown.

09-20-2014, 02:36 AM
Congrats! Nice shrimp too. :) I love how the baby BNP and the RCS are about the same size. So cute!

09-20-2014, 02:37 AM
Looks awesome, cograts, what are you feeding? Are they eating? What else is in the tank? Full tank shot? Is there a lot of cover?

09-20-2014, 02:40 AM
Thank you and a good way of showing just how small those fry are right now.

09-20-2014, 02:59 AM
Really neat to see, I'd be elated...great pics, too

09-20-2014, 03:10 AM
They are temporarily in a 20 gallon breeder with cherry shrimp and seven gertrude rainbows. I had moved one of the ceramic caves out of the bristlenose tank because it had a good amount of algae on it and I thought that would be good food for the cherry shrimp not realizing the suprise package inside. I saw a few babies in a couple of days and then more and more. I'm feeding them green beans, repashy soilent green, zucchini and occasionally baby brine shrimp, algae wafers. Here's a tank shot.
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09-20-2014, 03:17 AM
Lovely tank...in a garage or shed of some sort?...I was going to suggest a background, but not if the tank is viewed from all sides, which is nice

BNP are generally egglayers, with the male as the usual protector, correct?

09-20-2014, 03:24 AM
Actually it's in a spare unused bedroom in front of a south facing window. What is amazing I have another tank in front of a south facing windowing and they both get very little algae, but the plants grow like crazy. The male does indeed protect the cave I caught him doing just that this week and this time I looked in his cave and there were many little wigglers in there, but I guess my disturbance caused him to eat them or leave the cave because there were none left a couple of days later. I did not put a background on this one because of the red root floaters. I was hoping the extra light would turn them red, but not so. I think they need foot candles of light equivalent to the surface of the sun in order to turn red.:ssmile:

09-20-2014, 03:50 AM
Awww! I never thought I could think of a pleco as "cute" but these little ones are adorable! The RCS sure do give a great idea of their small size.. very smart to include them!

09-20-2014, 03:51 AM
LOL, well maybe not THAT much light, but as long as they grow and are healthy, I wouldn't fret

What are your plans for the fry?

09-20-2014, 04:51 AM
The tank looks incredible!!
Like SMB said I love how the BNP and shrimp are the same size :)

09-20-2014, 01:11 PM
"There are at least 30 to 40 fry. She threw quite a few albino fry as well. Genetics is a strange thing, both parents are brown."

Congrats on the fry. You can be prepared for another brood in maybe just a few weeks. The genetics are interesting. I had an albino male and brown female and never got an albino out of four spawns. But even the browns are cuties and had some interesting mottled colors and white tipped fins.

When I sold my last forty to one person, I also included my brown female as I had had my fun with these. I do have an albino female in another tank, however. Seeing your little ones has got me thinking.... maybe once more. They are very easy to care for.

09-20-2014, 01:24 PM
Thanks Slaphappy. I've given up trying to get them to turn red, but the do reproduce like crazy similar to duckweed. I'm probably going to give some to the local LFS or anybody else that wants them and maybe try to sell them cheap on Aquabid.

SueD: The albinos were a pleasant suprise. It really is fascinating to see the diversity. I'm sure that's how the calicos, super reds, longfins got there start.