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PostSubject: Introducing a male Ancistrus into tank with a female   Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:28 pm

I bought a male ancistrus and introduced it into my tank that already has a female ancistrus in it. The female has been very shy until now but since I introduced the male she has spent all her time chasing him VERY agressively around the tank. Should I have moved the bogwood and other tank decor when I introduced him so they could form their own territories?
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PostSubject: Re: Introducing a male Ancistrus into tank with a female   Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:26 am

It might be worth moving things around if the chasing continues.

How big are they?

Does the female allow the male to eat?

How big is the tank?

Do you have a specific breeding cave you intend them to use?

Things should settle as long as plenty of hiding places are available.


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PostSubject: Re: Introducing a male Ancistrus into tank with a female   Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:44 am

agreed with TopAz...should settle down but a bit more info wouldnt hurt Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Introducing a male Ancistrus into tank with a female   Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:31 pm

It's a 60 cm by 30 cm by 45cm high. It has plenty of plants and hiding spaces. Apart from the the two ancistrus there are half a dozen or so goldfish fry that I'm over wintering

Here's a video of the female. Is she in fact an Ancistrus? She was sold to me as a wild caught L150 in a very reputable aquarium shop

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PostSubject: cant view video on slow connection sorry :(   Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:16 pm

keep a eye on the female, sometime very rarely they just don't like the male or even set up...

I had a female like that and no matter what I tried it just would not calm her,
in the end I had to put her in a tank with more room and ensure no others were near her Sad

good luck ...
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PostSubject: Re: Introducing a male Ancistrus into tank with a female   Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:33 pm

bit hard to tell from the movie but it does look like a common bristlenose, but a better pic of the colouration would be better.

is she settling down?

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PostSubject: Re: Introducing a male Ancistrus into tank with a female   Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:35 pm

Yes they seem to be settling down a bit now.
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