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Stephen wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 0:10 am Now what do I do ?
Nothing. Hopefully there's enough cover with your aquarium but only the fittest will survive.

Unless your planning on moving the fry to a separate grow out aquarium, make sure your other fish are reasonably well fed and start adding raw cucumber slices. I left one panel of glass to allow fresh algae to form for the fry to feed on.

I will warn you, it's going to get messy.

Also @Stephen like with most of the Loricariidae family, once they start breeding, think you'll find this will be a regular occurrence and that usually constitutes 200 to 300 fry at a time. Presently, I have around 70 or 80 Ancistrus fry in a grow out tank in the garage, plus a few in the main Puddle aquarium I haven't managed to catch yet. :dodgy2:

With these Ancistrus Honeycomb Bristlenose fry, I should imagine you'll be able to sell these once they grown to around 1" inch or more. :]
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I've actually found that the "BN breeding tank" (the Trigon) is cleaner than the two tanks with single males in.....and that's with the standard Juwel internal.....unless it's because there's lots of plants hiding the mess... ;) :D
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I have around 70 or 80 Ancistrus fry in a grow out tank in the garage, plus a few in the main Puddle aquarium I haven't managed to catch yet. :dodgy2:
How did you catch the ones you have in the grow out tank ? Small net or something else.
How big is your grow out tank ?

Tonight's Update:
I grabbed my small torch to have another look.
I counted around 30 fry tonight; this does not include the ones on or behind the foliage, so likely more.

Now what do I do ?

I've never been able to breed any fish previously.
I've hoped to breed Corydoras and the Cupid cichlids but without success, although they have gone through the motions.
This is my first time with the Honeycomb Bristlenose (L519).
I was hoping to keep just one pair and re-home the other pair (re-homing the other pair is quite easy).
Re-homing the babies should be quite easy too.
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Stephen wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2024 0:00 am How did you catch the ones you have in the grow out tank ? Small net or something else.
Nets, medium size and patience. I wait until their on the front glass before trying to catch them.

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I don't get very many fry as I only feed three days a week, so only fittest survive. Does have a downside though, that the Ancistrus fry are very wary of any movement.
Stephen wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2024 0:00 am How big is your grow out tank ?
Juwel Primo 60 with sponge air filter. Water parameters are the same as the main aquarium. Fry are fed a mixture of Cucumber, catfish pellet and flake.

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I'd be up for a honeycomb baby thats for sure!
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fr499y wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2024 9:53 am I'd be up for a honeycomb baby thats for sure!
I'll second that. :]
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Brilliant news @Stephen Those honeycombs are really good looking fish, I find it easier to catch them when they are a little larger by gently lifting an object they may be on then catching them in a net underneath, in the meantime though they go around putting little holes in all the plant leaves! Like Martin I don't have that many survive never had to contend with 30 odd so good luck with that! Really hope they do all survive, honeycombs are not the most common fish, more in the hobby cannot be a bad thing :happy:
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Tonight's Update (Thursday):
I grabbed my small torch again to have another look.
I physically counted around 37 fry tonight; this does not include the ones on or behind the foliage, so likely over 40 fry in total.
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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I'm in no doubt some of your fry fell victim to your Cichlids but trust me when I tell you, with 40 fry, there will be double that number hidden away in your aquarium.

@Stephen do you have any sort of covers on your Eheim intake strainers?

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Martinspuddle wrote: Fri Jul 12, 2024 7:40 am I'm in no doubt some of your fry fell victim to your Cichlids but trust me when I tell you, with 40 fry, there will be double that number hidden away in your aquarium.

@Stephen do you have any sort of covers on your Eheim intake strainers?

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Just the strainer bit.
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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