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Tank looking great Stephen. So clean looking, and love the big shoal of Reed Tetras, stunning mate.

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Just checked my aquarium and I have pleco eggs.
The eggs are just outside one of the caves and stuck to a loose piece of root.
I will keep an eye on them.
425L SeaBray Elite aquarium - Rio Mamoré (Bolivia) theme
4 x Cupid Cichlids, 11 x Cory caudimaculatus, 9 x Cory sterbai 77 x Reed Tetra, 4 x Honeycomb Bristlenose (L519)

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The eggs came to nothing, probably eaten by other fish.
I'm not surprised as the eggs were not laid in the cave and therefore not guarded by the male.

Another observation:
Two of the Cupid Cichlids (Biotodoma cupido) have paired up.
There is a large pit in the sand which was created overnight (I done a water change yesterday and cleaned and flattened the sand).
A large male is guarding the pit area and defending the area from the other large male (the other male is actually slightly larger).
A female sits in the pit in the sand (most of the time).
There is no sign of eggs.
I do have 2 male and 2 female Cupid Cichlids and have seen this happen with previous Cupid Cichlids.
425L SeaBray Elite aquarium - Rio Mamoré (Bolivia) theme
4 x Cupid Cichlids, 11 x Cory caudimaculatus, 9 x Cory sterbai 77 x Reed Tetra, 4 x Honeycomb Bristlenose (L519)

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Stephen wrote: Sat May 04, 2024 15:14 pm The eggs came to nothing, probably eaten by other fish.
I'm not surprised as the eggs were not laid in the cave and therefore not guarded by the male.
The plecos have done it again.
The eggs (again) are outside the cave.
425L SeaBray Elite aquarium - Rio Mamoré (Bolivia) theme
4 x Cupid Cichlids, 11 x Cory caudimaculatus, 9 x Cory sterbai 77 x Reed Tetra, 4 x Honeycomb Bristlenose (L519)

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🤦‍♂️ they’ll work it out eventually.
Are you hoping they’ll manage to take care of them and bring them up?
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Gingerlove05 wrote: Sun May 12, 2024 14:46 pm 🤦‍♂️ they’ll work it out eventually.
Are you hoping they’ll manage to take care of them and bring them up?
Thanks Iain
Yes, kind of .. I've never bred fish before.
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Stephen wrote: Sun May 12, 2024 17:20 pm
Gingerlove05 wrote: Sun May 12, 2024 14:46 pm 🤦‍♂️ they’ll work it out eventually.
Are you hoping they’ll manage to take care of them and bring them up?
Thanks Iain
Yes, kind of .. I've never bred fish before.
I hope they work it out sooner rather than later for you :)
You may find you have to rearrange decor slightly to help, although if they’re anything like Sarah (my BN) then they’ll do it themselves :D
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Are the caves blocked at one end?
I can't work out why they're laying outside if they are, although mine lay in the flowerpot which has the large entrance and the small hole at the "bottom" (which is obviously at the back due to how the pot is situated ;) ).
I don't know how many goes they had as I've never spotted the eggs, only fry....
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...get someone else to do it! :D

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plankton wrote: Mon May 13, 2024 8:21 am Are the caves blocked at one end?
I can't work out why they're laying outside if they are, although mine lay in the flowerpot which has the large entrance and the small hole at the "bottom" (which is obviously at the back due to how the pot is situated ;) ).
I don't know how many goes they had as I've never spotted the eggs, only fry....
Yes they are open at the front but blocked at the back.
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July Update:
Stephen wrote: Sun May 12, 2024 14:37 pm The plecos have done it again.
The eggs (again) are outside the cave.
It's midnight.
Just had a quick look at the aquarium (the lights are off) and spotted something unusual.
There's something on the glass.
OMG it's a baby Bristlenose, looks like an egg sack with a head and tail, and it wriggles.
I just grabbed my torch ... OMG there's more than one, two, three ... thirteen so far.
I'll take anoither look.

OMG.. there's at least twenty. They're on the front glass, back glass and side glass.

I think they're baby Bristlenose (L519).
I'll take another look in the morning and maybe get the camera out.

Now what do I do ?
425L SeaBray Elite aquarium - Rio Mamoré (Bolivia) theme
4 x Cupid Cichlids, 11 x Cory caudimaculatus, 9 x Cory sterbai 77 x Reed Tetra, 4 x Honeycomb Bristlenose (L519)

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