We have replaced our male as at the beginning of March as the old on
was no longer that interested.
It didn't take long for the new boy to settle in.
Mr Bristlenose with his nest of eggs 14-03-99
You can just see two bunches of eggs. so that
means he breed with two girls.
Update on Bamboo 31-03-99
My bristlenose now use a section of bamboo
to breed in .
one end is naturally filled (bamboo has one foot chambers inside so one end
is left in and the other end is cut to desired length.) This has a hole
drilled in one side and a suction cup added to keep it steady in the tank
otherwise it is prone to rolling.
Once the females have all spawned with the male (about 24-36hrs) We remove
the bamboo complete with dad and eggs to our desired raising tank.
One advantage of doing this soon after the eggs are laid is that you can
feed the dad by putting food at the end of the bamboo with no risk of the
mums taking off with it before dad feels safe enough to come to the
entrance to eat. This means that dad doesn't lose any condition and is
ready to breed again so much sooner. (1-2weeks later instead of up to a
month or more)
If dad doesn't want to let his young ones out 3-4 days post hatch we have
used a breeding cage with big enough slits to allow the babies to swim
strait through but when dad finally come out he is caught. Emptying is done
by filling the bamboo with tank water and emptying through the cage (it can
sometimes take 20 fills or more.)
This is easierly lifted out to move dad home. I then empty the rest of the
babies out of the bamboo then give it back to dad in his breeding tank.
Our old way of doing it was when they breed on a log and we used to net
the whole log with everyone attached but often alot of the babies got away.
Feeding- Our young ones are kept in a 4ft planted tank in front of a
(to encourage algae growth)
they are fed raw marrow, cucumber and other available veggies . Most veggies
have a spoon or two stabbed through to hold them at the bottom of the tank.
Plus they are feed a good quality flake .
Spinal problems- Can be due to your method of catching the babies
out of the parents tank.
I used to have these kind of problems when sucking mind out with a airline hose before I
started using the bamboo method above.
If this does not help may be your parents are to closely related try swapping
pairs around or buy some new stock to add to the old.
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