Breeding plecos

Discussion in 'Catfish and Bottom Dwellers' started by Dave, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Dave

    Dave Moderator Staff Member

    Are you working with plecos? Do you plan on breeding them, or are you already? List the plecos you are working with.

    I am working with the following:
    LF calico BN reverse trio
    SF albino BN a pair
    LF albino three juveniles
    SF brown two pairs, one throws albinos
    L270 two females and one juvenile, looking for a male
    L333 white form supposed to be a quad
    L260 male
    L201 five juveniles
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  2. kingranchu

    kingranchu New Member

    Good luck on your project, Dave. Let us know how it turns out :D
  3. bristles

    bristles New Member

    I have been breeding SP3 Ancistrus for more than a year, it took me a while to get them conditioned but they are reproducing prolificly now
  4. Dave

    Dave Moderator Staff Member

    I think my bristlenose spawned in an escargot shell.
  5. Natives2WI

    Natives2WI Well-Known Member

    Breeding:
    L127
    L201
    LDA67
    L204
    L10-A

    Looking for more:
    Lasiancistrus heteracanthus
    Hemiancistrus guahiborum
    Otocinclus cocama
    Otocinclus flexilis
  6. Marine590622

    Marine590622 Advisory Board Staff Member

    I have just recently taken the effort to get all on my ancistrus back in the same tank. I did get a spawn out of them back a year or more ago. At the time I had neglected their tank for over a month and so one day I did a large water change and cleaned the filter media. I left the tank alone for about two weeks and will the tank was coming back it still apeared dirty so I went to redo the water change and filter cleaning when I noticed a bunch of jelly like things on the inside of the glass upon closer inspection I had ansistrus fry that appeard to be about 1/8 of an inch in size. So for what it is worth let the water quality go down for a while then a massive water change with slightly cooler water to mimic the seasonal floods and you may trigger a spawn. That and good nutrition of course.
  7. ssthor

    ssthor Member

    i got afew young long fin albino bn.. and i got 1 male L260 looking for some females??? :D
  8. Natives2WI

    Natives2WI Well-Known Member


    Your going to have to pay and arm and leg for L260, let alone sexable ones. On aquabid 1.5" fry are going for $70+
  9. ssthor

    ssthor Member

    tell me about it....theyre gonna be rank up there with them zebra plecos... :lol:
  10. Natives2WI

    Natives2WI Well-Known Member


    I wish I could afford zebras... with the luck I have with breeding it would be a gold mine lol.
  11. Dave

    Dave Moderator Staff Member

    The bottom is gonna drop out on Zebras soon. I have already seen prices down to close to 100.00 for 1.5" fry. In this economy, our trade suffers too. If I had zebras I would BAP them and submit the spawn for auction. Wouldn't that be a hoot!
  12. Natives2WI

    Natives2WI Well-Known Member

    Well I have been told that now for 2 years, and yes they are down, but I think its more to do with the new species that are new species available that are rare and aren't readily bred. I think thats the case with the L260. The prices seemed to have soared since the bann, and they are not that easy to breed, where as it seems like the people who have zebras breed them regularly. It is also similar to the L134's. Their prices seem to be on the up and up due to the recent ban. I remember seeing fry at 1.5" selling for 10-15 each a couple of years back, now they are close to 35-40.
  13. Dave

    Dave Moderator Staff Member

    I agree with your points, I just don't see the market being able to sustain the prices. Eventually, people will have to start selling the L046 for less just to move them out. When the price drops under $100.00 is when I will consider a purchase. L260 and L134 will likely rise until people can start producing enough fry, but I don't see these ever reaching the price of L046. It just seem to me like there are too many people with dollar signs in their eyes when it comes to spawning these fish. I see the same thing with C. gibberosa "zaires". Someone spends $1000.00 on breeders and then tries to make their money back on the first successful spawn. At least the price of fry with that species is a bit more balanced.
  14. Marine590622

    Marine590622 Advisory Board Staff Member

    Yeah, but it is all supply and demand, if you produced them the way you are producing other things then supply rises, demand stays constant, and prices drop...

    Opps....
  15. Natives2WI

    Natives2WI Well-Known Member


    EEK!! Economics classes again.. bringing back headaches :lol:
  16. Dave

    Dave Moderator Staff Member

    I guess what I am saying is that I don't think there is that big of a demand. I feel like there is a lot more hype going into the price (oil anyone?) than actual high demand and low supply.

    I can appreciate the cost on breeders, I don't see the justification in the cost of 1" fry.
  17. Marine590622

    Marine590622 Advisory Board Staff Member

    That was my point. Currently to aquire breeders is expensive. NVCichlids looks at that and says I could breed those. And if I can breed them as well as I am breeding other plecos "Gold MIne""

    I pointed out the law of supply and demand.

    If NVCichlids is sucessful then other new breeders are going to be sucessful as well.

    Supply goes up. demand stays constant -> lower prices to clear the market. No gold mine for NVCichlids and he is out the cost of originally aquiring those expensive breeders.

    Which is why economics gives people headaches.
  18. Dave

    Dave Moderator Staff Member

    Well, our current economy is being run on the perception of supply and demand, and not on actual supply and demand, but his discussion if for another forum.
  19. mlaursen

    mlaursen Well-Known Member

    I'm looking for male L134 right now, I don't have the stomach for zebra's
  20. Natives2WI

    Natives2WI Well-Known Member


    talk to Larry (apistomaster) on Planetcatfish.com. he has lots of them for sale (L134 that is)

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