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PostSubject: Best Sized tank?   Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:45 pm

I hope to be breeding BNs soon (within the next few months), so what would be the best sized tank for the fry? I would move the dad, cave and eggs into the other tank and when the fry are free swimming and have absorbed their yolk sac i would put dad back into his original tank.

the fry should be sold quickly so they would be in the tank a maximum of 2 months...

so what sized tank would be best?

i have been told that at least 120-140 litres as a nursery tank but i am on a budget, although i am always looking for a bargain, £100 is my price range i hope the tank would be used only for a few months for fry, max 2 years because i hope to buy a six foot tank, this will let me use my current tank which is 125 litres for a nursery tank.

Any help appreciated Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Best Sized tank?   Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:58 pm

60 litres + is fine for 1 pair as long as you have another small tank for the young...

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PostSubject: Re: Best Sized tank?   Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:06 pm

Thanks Curby cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Best Sized tank?   Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:35 pm

bigger the better, 60ltrs min as curby said Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Best Sized tank?   Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:38 pm

thanks again everyone for all the help, cheers cheers

PS: how many pairs could be in a 6 foot tank roughly? bearing in mind that there would be other fish in the tank, the dad, cave and fry would be moved into a 125L tank until they are free swimming without the yolk sac


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PostSubject: Re: Best Sized tank?   Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:31 pm

rule of thumb - one male per 1.5 square feet of tank bottom and 2 females per male. that is for mature bristlenose.

If there are other fish then it will depend on what the other fish are. If they are things like larger plecos, corys or any other bottom dwelling fish then you will not be able to have as many.

the other thing to consider is having other fish around may help or hinder breeding. things like loaches are going to hinder it, things like guppies might help it.

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PostSubject: Re: Best Sized tank?   Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:44 pm

thanks for the heads up Doug, I don't have any loaches at the moment so they won't be a problem, just out of interest, how could guppies help breeding? Because it might be worth setting up three more tanks, one 6 foot one for a community possibly a couple of BNs for breeding, my old 125 litre tank for two more pairs and a slightly smaller one for fry Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Best Sized tank?   Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:59 pm

there is some evidence to suggest that having other fish in the tank breeding can help trigger breeding from bristlenose. I personally have never seen any evidence to support this but people have said it helps and who am i to disagree Smile

I would have one breeding pair in the big tank, one in the small tank and have the 125ltr one for the fry. trust me, you need volume for the fry!

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PostSubject: Re: Best Sized tank?   Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:07 am

Thanks again Doug, you are always a great help Very Happy

Providing there where hardly any other fish in a 6 foot tank, how many pairs do you think would be able
To go in there happily? I will probably buy a couple other small thanks to go with the set up you said Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Best Sized tank?   Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:39 am

go with one for now Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Best Sized tank?   Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:42 am

OK, thanks for the help Very Happy


if i get a 6 foot tank then i will put one pair in the 125 litre tank, i think this would be a good start Very Happy
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