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jestep
03-01-2010, 01:46 PM
I just found that my albino bushy's laid eggs and are hatching in my community tank. The eggs were laid in a corner under some leaves and now the babies are feeding off the egg sack attached to the glass in the corner. This tank has about 75 tetras, a few cory's, and a SAE in it. I had to change the stand about a week ago which included removing all the gravel, so my Discus are in another tank until it gets a little more stable. They would obviously have no chance with the Discus.

I have another tank with cherry shrimp and celestial pearl danios in it. Would there be any better chance of survival in the other tank, or should I just leave them and hope for the best. They're actually fairly large already, by far the largest eggs I have seen an aquarium fish lay. The babies are probably 5-6mm, which is huge in my experience with fish fry.

Any suggestions?

Northernguy
03-01-2010, 02:33 PM
If there are no predators in the tank then just let them grow in there for a while.
Are you keeping the fry?
Find out if a local fish store will give you anything for them.

rich311k
03-01-2010, 02:36 PM
Congrats on the babies. If you have some cover most should be just fine in that tank with the current stocking.

toddnbecka
03-02-2010, 08:03 AM
Since they've started spawning you can expect them to keep it up indefinitely as long as they're getting enough to eat. Do you have tankspace to grow out several hundred pleco fry? They'll need to be at least 1" to sell or swap, and the parents will likely produce a couple more broods before the first ones reach that size IME.

VoidParadigm
03-02-2010, 01:07 PM
Once they're off the yolk try a few different things to see what they'll eat. As TnB said happy plecos will likely just keep spawning. If you don't want to be over-run perhaps you could seperate the parents? If you don't mind it though, just find a buyer, advertise everywhere, give some away, and so forth.

Your biggest problem will be finding homes for so many fry.

jestep
03-02-2010, 01:14 PM
Luckily the first batch looks really small. Might be inexperience/age, as they're still less than a year old. They also lay-ed in a really conspicuous spot, which isn't normal from what I've now read about their habits. I don't think there will be more than 10 out of the first batch. Otherwise, if they start getting too prolific, I may separate them.

I've had good results with local fish stores taking fish and plants, but if we're talking about hundreds there probably isn't a market for it. We'll see how these first ones do, and if they lay eggs again.

jestep
03-05-2010, 10:34 PM
In 4 days, babies are at 1cm and look like miniature plecos. Amazingly fast growth.

These have to be the easiest fry to raise ever. If only tetras and schooling fish were this easy.

Denis Goulding
03-07-2010, 04:36 PM
Lots of greens, feed them soft peas and courgettes they love them and will grow quickly..

jestep
03-10-2010, 01:02 AM
Lots of greens, feed them soft peas and courgettes they love them and will grow quickly..

Am I supposed to cook the zucchini first. My plecos and shrimp are having a hard time getting through a small piece. Otherwise they seem to like it for sure. There's absolutely no algae left on the glass on the entire tank. Took them 2 days, or nights more appropriately, but it is now pristine. I wish the adults stuck with algae more.

troy
03-10-2010, 01:05 AM
Am I supposed to cook the zucchini first. My plecos and shrimp are having a hard time getting through a small piece. Otherwise they seem to like it for sure. There's absolutely no algae left on the glass on the entire tank. Took them 2 days, or nights more appropriately, but it is now pristine. I wish the adults stuck with algae more.
Yes you should cook it. Cooking makes the zucchini easier to eat for your albino bushynose.

toddnbecka
03-10-2010, 05:11 AM
Canned vegetables like french-cut green beans or asparagus are also quickly devoured, and are already cooked enough to use right out of the can. Just drain off the water first.

jestep
03-16-2010, 11:22 PM
So, it's been 15 days now, and the fry are just under an inch. Looks like they are not full albinos, they are hybrid albino/browns. Showing really strong gold highlights like their brown parent. Not sure if they will have any features of the albino parent. They do look lighter than their brown parent, but it may just be an age thing.

wolf_eyes
03-17-2010, 01:23 AM
I wouldn't mind a couple of those little guys^_~ Congrats on the fry, they sound like they're doing great!

jestep
04-04-2010, 04:01 PM
Since they've started spawning you can expect them to keep it up indefinitely as long as they're getting enough to eat. Do you have tankspace to grow out several hundred pleco fry? They'll need to be at least 1" to sell or swap, and the parents will likely produce a couple more broods before the first ones reach that size IME.

The 1st round are 1 - 1 1/2" right now and have bulked up a lot. I just looked in the main tank while doing a water change last night, which the Discus are back in, and found about 20 new babies. Never saw the eggs this time around. They are very camouflaged so there could definitely be more. If they keep this up, there will be a new hatch about every 4 weeks I'm guessing.

Piscine
04-05-2010, 01:20 PM
That's awesome!

Northernguy
04-05-2010, 05:03 PM
Its been a while now.They sound like they are growing at a good rate.
They should be easy to take pics of by now!lol
Are we ever going to be able to see all these wonderful fry?:hmm3grin2orange:

:worthless:

What area of the world do you live in? Try selling some or giving them away on line.
Ontario would be good! lol

jestep
04-08-2010, 01:10 AM
Point taken... Let me pre-apologize for the poor quality pictures. Not a good camera, and did not use a tripod, so these are a little rough. I took the picture of the eggs on the way out the door with my phone, so they're even worse.

Tank before the Discus were back in, 1 week after swapping stands, which required draining and removing all substrate.
http://www.jestep.com/images/plecos/tank-1.jpg

One of the females.
http://www.jestep.com/images/plecos/pleco-1.jpg

Daddy. First time I've seen him out of the cave in about 45 days or so. Had enough chance for 2 pictures and was gone.
http://www.jestep.com/images/plecos/pleco-2.jpg

Eggs just starting to hatch.
http://www.jestep.com/images/plecos/eggs-1.jpg

jestep
04-08-2010, 01:12 AM
Some of the 1st batch about a week and a half old.

http://www.jestep.com/images/plecos/pleco-3.jpg
http://www.jestep.com/images/plecos/pleco-5.jpg
http://www.jestep.com/images/plecos/pleco-6.jpg

jestep
04-08-2010, 01:13 AM
First batch last week.

One of the smaller ones.
http://www.jestep.com/images/plecos/pleco-8.jpg

The largest one, almost 2 inches now.
http://www.jestep.com/images/plecos/pleco-7.jpg

jestep
04-08-2010, 01:15 AM
The new batch. I've seen as many as 20 at one time, but this is the most I could get into a picture.

http://www.jestep.com/images/plecos/pleco-4.jpg

http://www.jestep.com/images/plecos/pleco-9.jpg

rich311k
04-08-2010, 01:25 AM
Cute little suckers.They are growing well.

Garrett
04-16-2010, 04:20 AM
Awesome little guys.

Out of curiosity, about when do they start showing their gender-in the case of the males, growing their bristles? I picked up a couple of little guys at my LFS about a month or so ago and they're a bit over an inch now, wondering when they'll sort themselves out.

toddnbecka
04-16-2010, 04:52 AM
If they're 1" now it will probably be about 6 more months or so before the males will start showing "stubble".

Garrett
04-16-2010, 12:25 PM
Good to know. They all have very different coloration patterns, so it's easy to tell them apart, I'm just curious with what sort of gender mix I wound up with. After my albino became my first jumper, I figured the small guys might not have the steam to jump out of the tank. *facepalm*

toddnbecka
04-16-2010, 04:44 PM
You mainly need to cover hob filter flows. BN's aren't the only ones that like to swim upstream, then don't make the return trip successfully. I've found Synodontis lucipinnis dried out n the glass cover as well as a BN.

Garrett
04-16-2010, 08:29 PM
Well, the original was way too big to swim up the filter-near as I can tell he just decided to bungee jump without a cord.

I put sponges on the intakes when my platy started dropping fry, these guys have done very well so far.