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Zebra Pleco L046 First Breeding

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#1 Samantha

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 05:44 PM

Wow, I am super excited; i even did a little dance in the kitchen! When I looked in my zebra pleco tank this morning in one of the caves I see a male fanning at least 5 eggs!

This is my first zebra tank. About a month ago I noticed the male had trapped a female for about five days but nothing came of it and today, yay, I see eggs! It's been about 10 days since my last water change (was away on a fishing charter) and I left the tank lights off that entire time. A friend came over to feed them while I was away. Seems to have worked. I'll keep everyone posted and will put up some pics if I can get them without disturbing the father.

YAY!!!
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 06:36 PM

Zebra eggs are a good reason to dance. Best of luck with the spawning.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 12:36 AM

Way to go! Good luck with them!!

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:55 AM

congrats finally someone local has some going, good luck with the eggs. This is something on my next to do list :P
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#5 Brad

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 12:13 PM

Way to go Zebra's Dance the zebra dance Congrats

#6 Samantha

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 02:06 AM

Just wanted to give an update on my first breeding of zebra plecos and what I've noted over the last few days. For one thing, the male has allowed another adult zebra pleco into his cave twice now with his babies although he stays in between the newcomer and the babies. I'm speculating it is the mother.

Secondly, my clutch of eggs are now little fry with sac bellies and they are evolving more and more each day although it's hard to get a real good look at them since they are deep in the cave and being guarded by the male.

Thirdly I have another adult zebra with a belly that appears to be orange-ish inside, kinda like if you were to shine a light on a developing egg and you see the embryo inside. Could this zebra be pregnant too? Can one zebra get pregnant back-to-back? How long before they can reproduce another clutch of eggs?

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 11:05 AM

It could be that the female wants to spawn again or it could be another female. All females can carry eggs if they are in the breeding seaon and motivated. So far I can only see 1 fry in my cave with the male. A peak last night and a female was inside as well. Hopefully they will spawn again soon as the fry should be about to leave on it's own.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 04:17 PM

Congrats Samantha! I would be doing the dance as well.

Charlie's and yours, now when is it going to be my turn. I guess time to slap them around as Matt suggested!

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#9 Samantha

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:51 AM

I would try keeping the tank lights off for about a week. Or go on vacation:biggrin: that's when mine seemed to do the deed. And vacations are always a good thing! So far I can see about three or four fry. There might be one or two more I suspect but the male is always in the way and protecting them. I slid a fresh piece of Repashy carnivore food into the cave for the male and fry in case they are starting to eat. I'm not sure when they start to eat (after the sac is gone??) or before. Fingers crossed for you Lukan that yours start breeding soon!

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 11:22 AM

According to Doug White the male will bring the fry out to eat at night when then are ready to feed and then lead them back to the cave in the daytime.

#11 VictoriaZ24

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 03:24 PM

Wow great news Samantha, that didn't take long at all after you got your new batch of Zebras. I hope they all make it & remember to keep me in mind when you are thinking of selling please & good luck.

#12 Samantha

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 08:19 PM

Okay, so went away to Parksville for a few days knowing that our male had trapped another female in the cave with him and our first clutch of fry. Just came home today and low and behold we have another clutch of eggs! I can count at least 6 baby fry but can't get a good enough glimpse of the eggs to know how many. We put some Repashy gelled food in the cave and the male proceeded to kick it out so I think the comment about taking the fry out at night to feed may be bang on.

Now here is my question for all your professional husbandry specialists. I have 6 "wild" zebras and now 6 F1 generation fry with a second clutch of F1 eggs. To continue breeding will I need to keep the wilds and F1's separate as they grow and mature?

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 12:03 AM

I wouldn't worry as many aquarium fish have been bred from the same wild import stock for 30 or more generations. The F1's can cross with the wild stock and only make them stronger.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:20 PM

Also, your F1's are going to need 2 or 3 years to reach maturity anyway, so you can keep them together if you're concerned about that.
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#15 Bwhiskered

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:36 PM

Most people have found that it takes about 5 years before zebras spawn.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:48 PM

Hi Samantha,

Has your group spawned again. If yes how long did it take in between spawns. I've heard a few people say between 6-8 weeks and also 10-12 weeks apart. Just trying to get a general consensus.

Thanks!

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:45 AM

Hi Everyone,

First I must apologize for my absence on the forum (diagnosed with breast cancer while 6 months pregnant) - I now have a healthy 3 month old boy named Hayden and am currently undergoing chemo and radiation treatment. But back to my zebras. My zebra pair has been spawning continuously since my first post which i believe was early June 2012. I have numerous F1 zebra's of varying size and have just listed them for sale (my goal is to sell them locally first as I am new at this and have never shipped a fish before).

I don't know if I have a frisky pair or what but one of the things I have done with my tank is to leave the lights off for the majority of the day. Often the female will come to the male in the cave, stay for a day or two and then reappear a few days later and drop a batch of eggs. This has been going on since June and the male is guarding a batch of fry right now and the female looks like she is ready to go again. Will they stop eventually or do I have to adjust the tank parameters to interrupt the pattern? I'm not sure I want to... but once again I am new to breeding zebras and while I don't want to jinx the success I've been having I'll soon be run out of my tank and need a new one!

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:38 PM

Happy to hear that you have a healthy child and I am optimistic that you will return to good health as I know a number of women that have had the same treatment recently.

My zebras have not been prolific. They had the one small spawn that produced two fry and one died. They then spawned twice and ate the eggs. A few months later I found one dead with no marks or sign of disease. It must have been one of the spawning pair as nothing has happened since. My lone fry is now two inches long.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:58 PM

Great news Samantha. Congrats.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 06:05 PM

Hey Samantha!

Nice to hear that you are ok and congratulations on your baby boy! Welcome to 2013 and have a prosperous and a Healthy 2013 and beyond.

Cheers!





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