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Pregnant BN Pleco?

Postby spn1025 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:44 pm

This momma laid her first eggs about a month ago. The cichlids ate all of the hatched babies except for one. I managed to catch the last one and now have it in a breeder box.
Anyway, momma looks like she’s getting plump already. Is she gonna pop out more eggs soon?
FYI dad is an albino
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Re: Pregnant BN Pleco?

Postby spn1025 » Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:05 am

Help!!

She popped out the eggs overnight and now the daddy is guarding them.

Question: is it safe to assume these are fertile now and pull them out to the breeder box, or does he fertilize them over the next few days?
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Re: Pregnant BN Pleco?

Postby Deeda » Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:17 pm

Males usually fertilize the eggs immediately and if he is alone in the cave there is a good chance they are fertilized.

The eggs need to have water flow around them and usually the male provides that by fanning his fins. Check out This article on how to raise the fry.

I don't think just using a breeding box will work, use either a dedicated tank for the male and his cave or get an egg tumbler for the eggs only. Maybe consider leaving some eggs with the male in his cave in the main tank so he can get better at the process of raising them.
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Re: Pregnant BN Pleco?

Postby Wis-Waterboy » Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:56 am

A breeding box works great. Be sure to put in an air line to circulate the water and keep it moving and add some anti-fungus.
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