Algae

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Algae

Post by peanut » Fri May 27, 2011 8:08 am

Nice looking zeb :) make sure they poop.. Are you feeding them hikari? I read from some forum saying that their pleco died due to bloat, could be internal parasites, so just keep monitor your zebs make sure things are under control :)

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Re: Algae

Post by Tankfull Tropicals » Fri May 27, 2011 10:28 pm

I also breed Bristle nose and keep a few in my large Zebra tank for just that reason. They do not bother anybody and keep my 108gallon spotless. They stay 4" or less too. :)
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Re: Algae

Post by TwoTankAmin » Sat May 28, 2011 1:47 am

Just an observation. In the wild zebras and bn do not live together. Zebras live deep and fairly fast waters where it is dark and so are pretty much devoid of plants or serious algae. According to the L-Number Catalogue on PlanetCatfish, the only species of Ancistrus which comes from the middle Xingu (aka Big Bend) is Ancistrus sp. (L255). I would doubt they share habitat with zebras since their diet is primarily vegetarian.

This doesn't mean you can not put bn and zebras together. Its just that many zebra owners, especially breeders, do not. I do a lot of planted tanks, however I no longer use substrate or many plants in most of my pleco tanks.
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Re: Algae

Post by Fern » Sat May 28, 2011 11:47 pm

2 inch is borderline breeding size from what I understand....
I've got 2 that are just as fat :wink:

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Re: Algae

Post by fluffyninja » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:45 pm

peanut wrote:Nice looking zeb :) make sure they poop.. Are you feeding them hikari? I read from some forum saying that their pleco died due to bloat, could be internal parasites, so just keep monitor your zebs make sure things are under control :)
No not feeding them hikari mate , they spawned 3 weeks ago and she (i presume) is not as fat any more so i hope it was just stuffed full of eggs , I've only had them a year and a half and i guess that was the first spawn from which i've found 4 little wrigglers that are still doing good in a baby 15 ltr tank , might have lost one but i have such a big tank with so many hiding places i hope not.

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Re: Algae

Post by fluffyninja » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:47 pm

Fern wrote:2 inch is borderline breeding size from what I understand....
I've got 2 that are just as fat :wink:
Now I would say you're certainly right the fish in the picture is the one that spawned i'm certain and she's barely 2 inches.

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Re: Algae

Post by fluffyninja » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:49 pm

TwoTankAmin wrote:Just an observation. In the wild zebras and bn do not live together. Zebras live deep and fairly fast waters where it is dark and so are pretty much devoid of plants or serious algae. According to the L-Number Catalogue on PlanetCatfish, the only species of Ancistrus which comes from the middle Xingu (aka Big Bend) is Ancistrus sp. (L255). I would doubt they share habitat with zebras since their diet is primarily vegetarian.

This doesn't mean you can not put bn and zebras together. Its just that many zebra owners, especially breeders, do not. I do a lot of planted tanks, however I no longer use substrate or many plants in most of my pleco tanks.
I kept them on their own in the end as the algae problem dissapeared when i changed the length of time the light was on.

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Re: Algae

Post by mistern2005 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:05 pm

They look like healthy zebras to me!

I was battling algae for the longest time. I got a smaller light (now about 1.5 WPG) and only leave it on for six hours a day and my algae woes are over.

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