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Help With Breeding Albino Bristlenose Catfish

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  • #301096

    dan84
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    Hi all,

    I just got hold of a brreding pair of albino bristlenose catfish. I have them in a 2 foot tank on their own with a purpose made bredding cave which the male wont come out of and some drift wood. The pair have bred before but they dont seem to be interested in each other at all. The female is really inactive during the day, and I know that they are nocturnal but she spends most of the day either stuck to the underside of a piece of drift wood or resting upside down on the substrate under the drift wood. I havent attemped to breed these before so just wondering if this is normal behaviour?

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Dan

    #321083

    keith565
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    Hi Dan.
    this is a problem with BN’s. you can’t make them breed,lol.
    sounds as though the set up is good and they appear to be acting normal. bristlenose pairs will keep away from each other most of the time and probably only ‘socialise’ when getting ready to spawn. all i can suggest is keeping them well fed, keep temp up a bit (76/78f) and wait and see.
    i have several pairs of L numbers and they tend to stop breeding at this time of year for me. perhaps to do with atmospheric conditions as mine are in a fishouse, so has artificial heat and light.
    just watch and see.

    #321086

    MatsP
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    I find mine breed at this time of the year – started a couple of months ago, and keep breeding for several more.

    I’d say the behaviour of the fish being very idle and hiding during the day is normal. Try adding some extra protein to the food, and do a large, cool (soft if possible) water change, to see if that will get them going. It’s quite difficult to determine what is “wrong” when fish don’t spawn – these fish certainly are fairly easy to breed, and don’t seem too worried about water parameters.


    Mats

    #321100

    JazzBora150
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    a few questions here

    is it a case of when they breed not if
    and second is it possible for a female too become egg bound this is a major issue with koi and i am thinking does it apply right across the board with freshwater fish

    #321102

    MatsP
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    I’m not aware of Ancistrus becomming eggbound… Or any other tropical fish that I can think of, for that matter.

    It is quite possible that there is something wrong in the tank setup (e.g water chemistry, temperature, etc). But it’s most likely that they just haven’t figured out their new tank yet.


    Mats

    #321107

    dan84
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    Thanks for the tips. I think Im doing everything right…time will tell

    #321109

    keith565
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    QUOTE (dan84 @ Jan 31 2011, 02:26 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Thanks for the tips. I think Im doing everything right…time will tell
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