We're about half way through raising Bristlenose Plecos for the Breeders Award Program. Since we've compiled a fun video journal so far, thought we'd post this. A few months ago we found our BNPs spawning in our African Cichlid tank, and puzzled over whether to pull the eggs or leave them to survive. We left them . . . and they did not survive . . . so, following good advice from some experienced PVAS members, we've now pulled a batch. The results are fantastic! Happy New Year PVAS
Our 55 gal. African Cichlid Tank is also home to three Bristlenose Plecos. One pair have started spawning about once each month. The first time, we just let them see if they could do it all on their own. The wigglers didn't last too long. After about three unsuccessful tries, we've decided to pull the eggs.
It is one challenge to breed different fish species; and another entirely to grow them out and move them along to new fish keepers. Here's a very short look at our Mikrogeophagus Ramirezi grow out tank. It is a lightly planted 20-long, running two sponge filters, and weekly water changes. These rams are about two months old. A small batch of four German Blue rams are slightly older -- closer to three months old -- and are starting to color up. We hope to have a bunch sufficiently grown to bring in by March 2020 meeting for the mini auction.