Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
My BN plecos have never bothered my eggs/fry
I wouldn't use HOB filter even with the pantyhose...fry will still be sucked up and die on the pantyhose...sponge filter is the best type of filter to use once the fry are about 2 weeks old...no filter needed until then
The male will take care of dud eggs-I wouldn't worry about adding methylene blue
Live plants are the best filter to use to maintain water quality and help provide food for fry first days.....
The 29gal isn't too big even full to the top with water to spawn in....but unless you have it crammed full of live plants you might have water quality issue with the pleco in the tank.....I would suggest that you look into getting a 10gal and use the barebottom method for your first spawn attempt to increase your chances of success.....
Right now I have two 10 gallons, one 15, and the 29. Well, those are the ones that I just have males in. Except the 29.
Anyway, I will start off breeding in a 10 gallon like you suggested. That will take another 10 gallon because I have no more tanks available. And I already have 1 male Betta in the 55 gallon with some females (they get along great), so another male is there is not really an option.
After I do that, I will cycle with a sponge filter. Can you even cycle with a sponge filter?
Probably a stupid question, but I had to ask. But would cycling really
be worth it? I hear you have to do large water changes daily. Like, 50%?
Since I have heard that, now I have to ask. How big and how often do I do water changes in a fry tank? How should I do them
? Won't the siphon suck the babies up? Or should I just take a pitcher with panty-hose or a nylon sock over it so it does not scoop them up?
After the female fry are a decent size, I will transfer them into the planted 29 gallon aquarium until they are selling size. For the males, I really dont feel comfortable putting them in cups. Breeding nets would kind of be a pain, as I could have a good amount of male fry.
How many males in your experience have usually been in 1 spawn?
I know that the gender number will be mixed, but just wondering what is the usual number you get. Example: 50-60, 60-70, ect.
Sorry this is so long btw.