View Full Version : Baby Pleco Pix

04-24-2009, 07:33 AM

Plant leaves are Najas indica:
Ramshorn to the right is about the size of a dime:

04-24-2009, 08:11 AM
soo cuteare they commons or b/n


04-24-2009, 08:14 AM
They're BN's, common pleco's aren't spawned in aquariums.

04-24-2009, 12:17 PM
That is great! How old are they?

04-24-2009, 12:23 PM
so tiny. so cute! :11:

04-25-2009, 06:34 AM
Big Daddy hanging out of his shell, few (out-of-focus) albino fry nearby:

Wannabe claim jumper lounging nearby:

Wannabe (left side) trying to see what Big Daddy's secret is:

Big brother, (or maybe sister) sole survivor of previous spawns:
They're a couple weeks old, actual size is 5/8", larger juvie little over 1".
Just last night I witnessed a power struggle between the 2 males for "the" barnacle shell (right side of 3rd pic.) It's funny, there are 5-6 shells in the cluster, but only 1 seems to attract the females. Or maybe it's the male that claims it. In any case, he's hardly left that particular shell all year now, and the slightly smaller male tries to claim jump his spot. There's also a female in the shell in the 3rd pic, you can see her tail inside the shell.
The larger juvie is the sole survivor of the fry prior to moving out the spawning pair of cichlids. Now there are several dozen free-swimming fry, and they'll soon be joined by another brood. I saw a couple wigglers with their yolk sacs almost gone when a female joined the male in the shell last night. Not long after that the smaller male tried to make it a threesome, but the female bailed w/out laying any eggs. This morning Big Daddy is fanning an even larger clutch than the last round, probably the work of the larger of the 2 females. He's hot, and the wannabe just can't get no satisfaction.

04-25-2009, 01:26 PM
Too cute! That's awesome your Bristlenoses are spawning so often!

04-25-2009, 08:30 PM
Hey, I have a question. I just bought a baby bristlenose (about 1 inch in length), I was scared at first it was just a common pleco. Is it only the male that has bristles? Mine doesn't have any, and I'm wondering if that's because it's either a female, or too little to have bristles yet? Also, what do you feed your babies? I have algae wafers for my little guy and I just bought some organic zucchini.

04-25-2009, 08:51 PM
Males have bushy noses, females sometimes have a little stubble, but they won't start growing until they're about 2-2.5". Mine are fed crushed NLS pellets twice daily, also occaisonally microworms, spirulina flakes, or fresh veggies.
Here's a pic of one of the females:

04-26-2009, 12:33 AM
What are NLS pellets? I gave mine a 3rd of an algae wafer is that ok? Sorry, but I just want to make sure he/she is healthy.

04-26-2009, 02:28 AM
New Life Spectrum, a really good brand of fish food. Just about any fish will thrive on them, no worries about digestive problems or bloat, even with strictly herbivorous species like BN's or Tropheus.
Whatever sort of prepared food you use you should also supplement their diet with real veggies a couple days each week. Zucchini, carrots, yams, green beans, whatever you have handy is fine. Frozen or fresh are probably better than canned, just stick a fork or something into the veggies to make them sink.

04-26-2009, 12:12 PM
Thanks for your help. I was looking online and there are a few types of the sinking pellet by NLS, which one do you use, cuz I saw a cichlid one, and I'm guessing it's not that one. I was actually thinking of getting the growth one. It has .5mm size sinking pellet for little fish and fry, would this be good?

04-26-2009, 06:01 PM
Growth would be fine for fry, though I use the all-purpose formula. I buy it in 600g jars (7 tanks to feed), fill a couple small flake containers, and store the rest in the freezer. I buy the small pellets because they're suitable for most of my fish. For the BN fry I crush them into a powder with a mortar/pestle. Even the adults seem to like it better that way; they all become more active when it hits the sand.

Sir Tristen
04-26-2009, 08:09 PM
Do crushed pellets still sink well, or do they take their time to sink and the plecos get them at their leisure?

BTW Nice looking plecs, exactly what I'm looking for. I would love a spawning pair of BN's

04-26-2009, 08:23 PM
They sink well enough, though they do float and scatter first.

04-26-2009, 09:24 PM
Great! Thanks so much. I really do love my lil' pleco and can't wait until he's bigger, so I can see if it is a he, or a she. I want to have a male and female in the future.

04-26-2009, 10:21 PM
Good luck. And very nice pleco pictures btw!

04-29-2009, 02:13 AM
Great pictures.thumbs2:

05-04-2009, 05:55 AM
Geeze, I'm being overrun with baby BN's now. The clutch they produced 9 days ago will soon be swimming around the tank along with the 2 previous spawns. It looks like about 25% albino in the latest batch, while the last ones were all brown. There's about 1/8" difference in length between the fry from those.
I set up a 75, filled it, and got some filters running to clear the water. Tomorrow I'll swap out a couple of sponges from the aquaclear 500's on a 55 for the new setup and net some rosy reds out of the backyard pond to get the tank established. A 30 long simply isn't big enough to grow out more than 100 baby BN's, and if the parents keep spawning I'll have to move the cichlids back in to pick off the new fry.
I just hope the super reds and the longfin pair do as well when they reach spawning size. I should have the current fry grown out to a decent size and moved along before I'll have to worry about the fancier BN's starting their own families.

05-04-2009, 07:02 AM
Too cute! That's awesome your Bristlenoses are spawning so often!

That's the thing about bristlenose cats: once they start breeding, they rarely stop. My Acistrus claro group spawn every few weeks.


05-04-2009, 03:13 PM
You should sell some of the babies, then you won't be stuck with all of them.

05-04-2009, 04:53 PM
I plan on selling when they reach at least 1", but they need time to grow. IME the larger they are the better they adapt to a new environment. They also need enough fat stored to survive a few days bagged in shipping w/out food. I can take some to the lfs, but only a couple dozen at a time.

05-22-2009, 12:19 AM
Were they all together in a sac or were they individual?

05-22-2009, 12:23 AM
Nice BNs!
Great pics too!thumbs2:

05-22-2009, 05:12 AM
The eggs are laid in a single cluster inside the barnacle shell.

05-25-2009, 08:25 PM
i have the same:) how big will they grow:)

05-25-2009, 09:20 PM
They may grow to a little over 4" in a couple years.