Bristlenose babies

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Bristlenose babies

Postby SparkyST » Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:54 am

Hi All

I was pleasantly surprised when I looked in the tank at the weekend to see 2 very small bristlenose babies happily chomping away on some algae that accumalated on the glass. However they have since dissapeared and suspect they have been lunch for the rainbow boesemani :(

Hoping this isnt the case and they have found a hiding place in the plants until they are big enough not to be food.
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Re: Bristlenose babies

Postby cousin it » Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:34 pm

congrats on the fry, hopefully they have found a place to hide.
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Re: Bristlenose babies

Postby SparkyST » Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:49 am

cousin it wrote:congrats on the fry, hopefully they have found a place to hide.


Hopefully as I havent got anywhere to keep them safe. There are plenty of plants in the tank and bog wood that they can hide under and in.
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Re: Bristlenose babies

Postby Rockfish » Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:40 pm

On the plus side, Bristlenose fry are a bit of a spiky shape to eat for most fish, so only much larger fish will usually try to eat them.

It's surprising how they can stay hidden for a while and then reappear a bit larger than when you last saw them, so hopefully that's what yours will do! :)
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Re: Bristlenose babies

Postby markee » Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:27 pm

The ones that my pair have had vanish for weeks on end, to the point where i think they are 'no more' but then suddenly make an appearance, i even found one swimming around & growing well in my external filter :shock:
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Re: Bristlenose babies

Postby cousin it » Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:37 pm

markee wrote: i even found one swimming around & growing well in my external filter :shock:

I keep finding Sterbai corys in my external filter, though with a shoal of about 35 of them when they start spawning eggs go everywhere :lol:
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Re: Bristlenose babies

Postby Carylnz » Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:45 pm

Bristlenoses are good at getting into external filters! I learned to pour the water out through a sieve when cleaning my filter after losing some unexpected fry down the plughole!
I have random BN fry turning up on a regular basis.
Make sure you have plenty of plants for them to hide in, or tight spots in which to wedge themselves.
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Re: Bristlenose babies

Postby SparkyST » Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:46 pm

Well over the xmas period they decided to spawn again, this time the eggs were laid out in the open and daddy DN was protecting them, that was until they hatched and the other fish quickly gobbled them up eggs and all.

However I have since spotted 3 baby ones about half an inch long 1 albino and 2 black ones. There could be more hidden in the plants somewhere.
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Re: Bristlenose babies

Postby Rockfish » Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:23 pm

Good to hear that at least some of the previous batch made it! :)
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