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#1 asian guy

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 10:38 PM

is there such thing as a bn pleco being too old to breed?

I have a large female and a smaller male but have not been able to get them to breed, it's been two weeks.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:19 PM

Plecos tend to breed in the winter. If you supply the male with a cave, and he is actively hanging out in it and swishing around his tail to keep it clean, then do a BIG water change - at least 50%. This will cause them to want to breed.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 02:04 AM

Plecos tend to breed in the winter. If you supply the male with a cave, and he is actively hanging out in it and swishing around his tail to keep it clean, then do a BIG water change - at least 50%. This will cause them to want to breed.



i See, but my male pleco doesn't like the cave, he ever stays in there long if he even ever goes in. so i tried many caves, but he doesn't pick.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 04:18 AM

Try feeding them some zucchini and more veggies. (The good food and clean water got my pairs spawning) That and a good cave (like this one: http://www.wag.com/f...ecor-log-112034 ... That is the cave that one of my pairs has been using since the start - it is also easy to move to a different tank to hatch the eggs)

Another pair used a hole in some driftwood...
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 06:52 AM

Mine use one of those narrow 2" terra cotta pots.

Essentially how they breed is the male sets up shop in his cave and stays there. When the female is full of eggs from being fed lots of good food, and then a large water change happens, she'll visit the male in his cave and they'll mate. If you have more than one female, they take turns.




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