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Bristlenose Pleco

Albino Bristlenose Pleco
Albino Bristlenose Pleco sucking algae from honeycomb rock.

I ended up buying four of them in total, and they were one and a half inch at most). First one regular color and one albino. Then they died in less than a week. The substrate in the 30 gallon aquarium where they were had white rock substrate(but not polished small pebbles). I noticed them when dying having little blood under their bellies. So the next two I got were again one regular, and one albino.

These bristlenose plecos went into the 60 gallon tank with polished pebble. Happy there they went and couple of days latter the regular color pleco showed up dead. I said to myself that if the last pleco died I would not get any more plecos. But the only bristlenose plecostomus survivor(and albino by the way)is growing and seems to be doing just fine.

Plecos need either sand substrate, or polished pebble so they don’t cut their soft belly.

Tetras Fish Experience

 

Diamond Tetra
Diamond Tetra

Pristella Tetra. Shy small tetra who don’t bother guppies. A very hardy fish and is better to have it in a group of six if they are the only tetras in a 30 to 10 gallon fish tank in my opinion . I never had a problem with them as long as I did water changes weekly.

Glowlight Tetra. Smaller than pristella and thin bullet shape. Had no problems with them neither. They too have to be in a group of six at least

Black Neon Tetra. I like the looks of them. Appearance is thicker bullet shape than glowlights. No issues with them neither.

Diamond Tetra. I have six of them. None of them died. I have them in a 60 gallon fish tank with angelfish and plecos.

Black Phantom Tetra. I got 2 females and 1 male. Two died in 48 hours, and I don’t know still why.

Swordtails

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Male Pineapple Swordtail.

There are many strains of swordtail fish. I like the pineapple strain, there are others I like too, but are harder to find at fish stores. These fish are the biggest of the the livebearer group(there are some big mollies too).

I was never able to breed them at home. I had to buy one pregnant female at the store, and in the way home she had half of her fry, but the fishtanks were almost full. Only five of fifty survived. Then when I decided they were a little bit big(10 weeks old), I dared to put them with some diamond tetras and keyhole cichlids. It was a deadly mistake. They ate them alive.

Swordtails take their time to grow. Maybe one day I will buy another pregnant female and dedicate more time raising their fry(at least once).

Molly Fish.

I like to add molly fish with barbs. Platies suppose to go well with barbs too, but the barbs are very active, and platies feel overwhelmed by the barbs to the point where I have seen platies getting mad at barbs. That haven’t happened with gold barbs and mollies. Molly goes well with swordtail, tetras.

Mollies are more docile than platies, and mollies are bigger in size(maybe is because I haven’t seen an aggressive molly yet).

So as an all rounder community fish from the livebearers. I would say Molly!.

German blue rams

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Male German Blue Ram. He was a bully.

About two months ago I got a couple of them. They were a male and a female. She even laid eggs, but the other fish ate them. Then the female got very sick and turned black color, and got very skinny. My original idea was to breed them, but after she died there was no way to do it again.

If you want to breed them, you have to have a match couple. They have to like each other to mate. But you have to give them a whole long 20 gallon tank, or a 30 gallon. Because after the eggs hatch, there have to be no other fish but them, otherwise the other fish will eat the eggs.

But first, if your water ph is around 7, you should bring it down to 6.5 because on alkaline water the eggs don’t hatch. Bring the ph down slowly with the fish in the tank already. So they acclimate step by step. I do so by taking 10% water out, and then filling that 10% with RO water and doing ph, and hardness water tests.

Once the eggs hatch the parents will raise the fry.

I got another female german blue ram, but the male didn’t like her, and he chase her all around the tank. She runs desperate far from him, but he is a bully. So I took her no another tank. So I wasn’t able to make them breed.

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