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#17986 Handling Your Plecos

Posted by Samantha on 03 November 2013 - 12:31 AM

How do you catch your plecos?  Small ones with a net?  Okay what about the big ones - with a net too?  How do you know how to handle them/pick them up?  I've seen many pictures with a pleco held between two fingers by its mouth and head and a then also by their top fin.  Is there any set rule?


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#18811 Brilliant Ancistrus L184 Breeding

Posted by Rush2112 on 16 March 2014 - 01:46 PM

These are some of my young L184 plecos.

 

I have found this strain to be more difficult to breed than other bushy nose types. They spawn infrequently with small batches and the fry are very sensitive to raise.

 

Now if my LDA08 (Ancistrus Claro) would breed that would be good news lol. 

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#22872 L273

Posted by kkaamm on 17 September 2017 - 09:09 PM

Have not shared pics for a long time。Here is one of my beloved plecos。

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#22652 Black Ram Up Date

Posted by Bwhiskered on 01 May 2017 - 07:02 PM

Here are pictures of the parents and the fry showing how they vary from a few solid back to normal. A fellow on a South African forum hand the same results but though selective breeding for the past year now has a pure black strain.

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#22462 Black Rams...

Posted by Bwhiskered on 14 March 2017 - 08:24 PM

I picked up a pair at Finatics almost 3 weeks ago.  The female is as black as the picture but the male is a bit lighter. I have about 50 fry now a week old. Hope to get a few solid black breeders from them. The strain is called Dark Knight.


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#22330 My Plecos

Posted by Thaile601 on 12 February 2017 - 06:47 PM

Updated few pictures of the L183 fry and the male was in the cave again for 2nd batch.

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#21692 Please help SEX!~! L46/L236

Posted by mike on 28 September 2016 - 09:29 AM

Hi, so I have been growing out my L236 for about 8 months now and they are all 3-3.5". I need help sexing them and hope I don't have all males :dumb: .

 

I also need help sexing my 2 L46 which I totally hope are not male as I already have 4 all males :( . The 2 L46 are at least 2.5"

 

 

 

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#20978 Downtime over the past few days

Posted by CanadaPleco on 21 December 2015 - 11:52 PM

Not sure why it went down the other day, but today Ive moved the site to a server located in TORONTO!  WHOOOO, back in Canada.

 

Should be transparent for everyone and hope everyone is looking forward to the holidays!


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#20385 Flower

Posted by Oldbear on 24 May 2015 - 01:09 PM

I have had these plants for over ten years and this is the first time it has bloom. very cool.

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#18318 Spawning Ancistrus aguaboensis

Posted by Bwhiskered on 07 January 2014 - 11:39 PM

Spawning Ancistrus aguaboensis [L-032]

by Charles Drew

 

I first got acquainted with Ancistrus aguaboensis early in 2013. It was imported by Rivers to Oceans [R2O] in Mississauga, Ontario. The owner Ryan LaLande had brought in a South American shipment and this small interesting Ancistrus was amongst a number of other plecos that arrived. They are a small black fish with small white dots. The dorsal and caudal fins unlike most other plecos are clear except for the fin rays which are black. This makes them easy to identify them from other species. The males have very heavy bristles on the head and nose whereas the females can have a few around the mouth or non at all. There size makes them an ideal fish as they stay just shy of four inches the female of mine is slightly smaller than my male. They come from the Rio Tocantins in Brazil and like the water 73 to 80 degrees F.

 

When I first took them home I placed them in a 30 gallon aquarium with some other fish. They did not seem very happy in that tank and sat day and night in the flow from the filter. They made me nervous for the fear of losing them so I moved them to a 65 gallon tank with an assortment of other pleco species. Here they adapted and thrived until fall when I found a 15 gallon tank to try and spawn them in. It was no special set up just an inch of gravel on the bottom a homemade slat cave and a chunk of driftwood. Oh yes also a clay saucer with a notch in it to give the female a place to feel secure. As for filtration I used a box filter and an AquaClear mini. They were fed blanched snow peas and Brussels Sprouts along with pellets and wafer. The female especially had a great fondness for frozen brine shrimp which may have helped her develop roe.

 

After a couple of weeks when they were well settled I started to play with the water and temperature. I started to do water changes using RO water. After a couple of changes I would go back to a change with tap water. This was not getting results so I played with the temperature raising it from the fish room temperature of about 75 to 80. After a week of this I pulled the plug on the heater and changed the water with RO and threw in a few Alder cones. A few days later they spawned. The male guarded the eggs carefully for 6 days. You could see them getting darker each day. Then the eggs were no more and even more down heartening there were no fry either. For some unknown reason he must have eaten the fry on hatching.

 

Another month or more went by and I followed the same procedure. Finally they spawned again but wouldn't you know it. It was the day before I was going away for three days. That left me a hard decision to make as to remove the eggs to a tumbler or leave them with my not so trust worthy male. If I remove them and a few eggs go bad they would destroy the whole clutch. Since I was not going to be there I decided that the male was a safer bet at least until I got back home. I arrived home late on the Sunday afternoon and the first thing I did was check the tank. Yes he was still looking after the eggs. Rather than take a chance on whether he would eat the fry again or not I removed them to an egg tumbler. In doing so I could see that there were at least ten egg shells indicating that he was either munching or had remove some bad eggs.

 

After three days in the tumbler and the eggs hatched. There were 14 fry that clung to the sides for another 7 days before they were ready to start feeding. They are presently in a tank with some Cherry Barb fry and are eating baby brine shrimp and crushed flake or any other food they can find. The tank has a sponge filter and a Red Sea nano filter for current. In the mean time the female is filling with eggs and hopefully will spawn again very soon.

 

At the time of submitting this article the male has looked after the third spawning and I can see hatched fry in his cave. I also found a lone fry presumably from the first spawn swimming happily in the parents tank.

 

The L-032 is a small and rare Ancistrus in our hobby and is not overly hard to spawn or raise.


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#23016 Leopard Frog Pleco L134 tank raised at 2.75" $40/ea or 3 for $100

Posted by tobalman on 10 November 2017 - 03:29 AM

Hi

  I have these beautiful tank raised L134 pleco for sale at $40/each or 3 for $100. They are around 2 years old at 2.5" to 3".

These are for pick up in Markham( Hwy7 and Ninth Line)

Price is firm.

No trading at the moment, first come first served.

If interested please PM to me with your contact number.

Thank you for looking.

Pictures the actual plecos for sale.

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#22995 L66 babies

Posted by kkaamm on 07 November 2017 - 01:54 PM

Took a few photos last nite。

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#22989 Water changes, how much is too much?

Posted by jimmy chonga on 06 November 2017 - 04:37 AM

Just something I've been wondering recently as I'm one of those people who is lucky enough to NOT have to pay utilities ie water or hydro on my house/apartment.

 

How much is too much?

 

I currently change 50% on both tanks once a week. My 125g is rather heavily stocked and I find the geos just need it

 

Would it be overkill to to do that 2-3 times a week? Is there a risk of crashing the beneficial bacteria in the filters? Potential chlorine damage to the fish?

 

I add water at tank temp, while adding prime

 

All the fish love it and are super active following wc. And just something to do at home during the cold winter months

 

So, can I change 50% 2-3 times a week, why or why not?

thanks

Mike

 


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#22905 Pseudacanthicus vs royal

Posted by Dis on 08 October 2017 - 01:15 AM

Here is a short video from tonight. First time I've seen them go at it

https://youtu.be/vxbks04WZrg

Sent from my SM-N900W8 using Tapatalk


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#22731 Birthday

Posted by Bwhiskered on 15 June 2017 - 07:51 PM

Happy Birthday Rich. Have a great day and lots of them.

 


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#22513 Spring Means.....

Posted by CanadaPleco on 21 March 2017 - 11:10 PM

Well its officially spring now, and Im sure in many parts (at least maybe the GTA) you have spring flowers poking through the ground.  Well just a few hours north we still have at least a foot of snow, but the sap is starting to run!  Which means.... MAPLE SYRUP TIME!  WHOOOOOOO......

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#22372 Fish bag smuggling technics

Posted by Altum Nut on 19 February 2017 - 07:25 PM

OK...which one of you is responsible for this? Is it someone's wife, girlfriend, sister, daughter or just paid a stranger?

 

http://awm.com/airpo...t=20170218_2250

 

...Ralph


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#22333 Royal F

Posted by matt on 12 February 2017 - 07:27 PM

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My 2 Royal Farawellos
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#21754 Just back at it

Posted by cjerrom on 24 October 2016 - 02:15 PM

Thank you guys - I can only say thanks for all of your support! Discus will be added in the new year as I am working on getting more wild angel stocks up and as Lukan knows I had a set back with a really nice group of large Altums that were supposed to head his direction! Wild discus should be coming in January with red cupeira, heckels, green spotted and hopefully some new wild types from other countries.

I will start posting pics shortly and try and get my website updated to make this a simpler process as well. More to come!
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#21731 Just back at it

Posted by cjerrom on 20 October 2016 - 03:42 AM

See page 3 for current list
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