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i know these aren't cichlids i just felt like sharing.
these are my common bristlenose.
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female

there first babies




 

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if you get a male and female bristlenose put them in a tank together and put in a tube shaped cave for them to lay in and give cucumber and other things for them to eat hopefully they will breed.
 

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Bristlenose plecos are easy to breed...and once they get started, they breed like rabbits! I would start with 1 male and 1-2 females and have lots of caves...frequent water changes to induce spawning also helps.
 

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You must have scattered the fry, they normally stay with the father until the yolk sacs are absorbed.
I have multiple brown BN breeders that also produce albino and calico fry. I've been dropping the brown fry into tanks with cichlids, already have too many of those.
 

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For bristlenose varieties, males have bristles, females don't.
 

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usually the males have lots of big bristles on his nose and the female has none or a few small ones
 

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Another way to tell which is male(when still young w no bristles) is to look at his head shape. The males head tends to be slightly longer and flatter while the females is shorter and rounder. I have also noticed males tent to have a sort of army camo with light and dark contrast. Females are more blended in color.
 
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