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Video: My Ancistrus sp. cf. Cirrhosus (Brown Bristlenose) juveniles at the all-you-can-...

03 July 2009 - 03:54 PM

Video: My Ancistrus sp. cf. Cirrhosus (Brown Bristlenose) juveniles at the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet!

Here's a 3min 30sec video of my Ancistrus sp. cf. Cirrhosus (i.e. Brown Bristlenose Plecos) juveniles eating New Life Spectrum H20 Stable Wafers.

I have one male and five females in a 20-gallon species aquarium with two pieces of driftwood, some Hornwort and Java Moss for plants. Filtration consists of one Regent AquaTech 170 gallons per hour PowerHead with HydroSponge #5 for mechanical filter. The water is neutral if not slightly alkaline, and I do not add any water treatments or chemical additives.

I have had two spawns in the month or so since the male was introduced to his harem. I have made no efforts to "save" fry, and although I have seen a few casualties, it appears there is well over 100 juveniles growing out!

Please view my video below (hosted on YouTube). It was shot on July 3, 2009, in 640480 resolution at 30 frames per second, using a point-and-shoot digital photo camera. It's not HD, but it's not bad, either.

When the YouTube video page opens, please click the "HQ" (High Quality) icon below the video window to maximize video quality.

Enjoy! BrownBullhead

Request help to ID my Ancistrus, which just spawned! ;)

14 October 2008 - 06:00 PM

Last Thursday, I bought two "spawning logs / caves" from a local importer. By Friday evening, two of my Ancistrus sp. had spawned!

I setup a 20-gallon I had in storage and moved the spawning pair with their log and eggs (careful not to get air on the eggs!) to the 20. I used 100% water from the setup they were in (African Rift Lake) and have done several small water changes to their 20 since moving them. I transferred enough substrate to make about 1 cm coat on the bottom of the setup. I also squeezed a "dirty" sponge into the setup.

I believe all is well in the new setup, but I have one problem - I don't know what species they are! I bought 6 @ 0.75" almost one year ago from the LFS. After a couple of deaths, I ended up with 2 males and 1 female. The fish were labelled, simply, "Bristlenose Pleco". Would you be willing to take a guess at a species ID using these images of my Ancistrus? Please click the thumbnails to open full size images in a new browser window.