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PostSubject: make a female gravid?   Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:55 am

Have had an ABN female for quit a while now and she has not spawned or even looked like she has had any eggs. Is there anything i can do to the water or feed her to make her produce some eggs?
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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:09 am

Hi,how long have you had her and how big is she?


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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:29 am

roughly 6 months and about 3 1/2 to 4"
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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:10 am

Hi,are there other females in the tank with her? It may be that she is a sub female and will not get a chance to breed if there are other females in the tank.How many males are there also?

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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:25 pm

Hello,

At 6 months of age she will still need aprox 4-6 months of growing till she reaches sexual maturity. This being said it is aparant that all BNS have slightly different maturing rates. In the mean time you can feed her a nice dose of protein such as frozen beef heart or shrimp cubes to help her bulk up a bit but do be careful about over feeding proteins as they will cause bloat in the Bn... I find aprox half a cube per adult each week goes down nicely as a supliment in their diet.

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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:49 pm

she is older than 6 months, that's how long I've had her for. She is the only female in the tank and theirs only one male
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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:28 am

and i don't have any beef heart or shrimp cubes. what else has good protein in it? can i use regular steak?
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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:11 am

Hi,if i was you i wouldn't start giving meat protein at all,it can cause problems.What do you feed them on and what is the temp ? Any other fish in the tank and have you got any pics of the male and female?


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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:53 am

Hey, sorry it seems my response has confused things more then helping...

Feeding meat based foods can quickly cause bloat but I was just saying out of experience it has only happened once with a fry of about 4cm that gauged itself on the beef heart while the other adults were caving up...


If you don't have meet based aquarium foods or are worried about using them then just leave her to mature in her own time while feeding algae wafers and fresh veggies. She will breed when she's ready Smile
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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:07 pm

i feed algae wafers and zuch. have tried sweet potato, carrot, and rutabaga
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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:58 am

What is the temp ? Any other fish in the tank and have you got any pics of the male and female?


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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:32 am

78 degrees and like 10 young cichlids
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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:33 am

Hi again Brandon,what caves have you got? Sorry about all the questions but i am trying to get a clear picture.

As for the cichlids,are they african cichlids? How big are they? Is the ph high? What are the rest of the readings?



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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:57 am

yes there africans and about an 1 1/2" and the ph is high its 7.8 (same as tap)
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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:12 pm

Have you got wood in the tank ? Have you actualy tested the water in the tank? What are the readings?

It isn't really a good idea to keep cichlids with bristlenoses especialy breeding bristlenoses.I understand they are only small at the moment,when will you be removing them?They also need different water chemistry and I know bristlenoses can adapt but it is a possibility that it can affect breeding.This is why i ask for the tank water readings and if you have wood in the tank.


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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:36 pm

yeah, if you want to give the bristlenose the best shot make it more akin to their conditions.

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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:48 pm

yes i actually tested the water. and i don't change the water to make it more for the kribs its just what comes out the faucet.
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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:06 pm

How big is the tank and what are the water test results?
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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:18 am

they are 7.8. and its a 10 and i took the cichlids out
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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:29 am

Hi again,i meant the rest of the water test results.Do you have wood? Do you mean 10 gallon? What caves do you have?

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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:12 am

i don't know what you mean by the rest. yes theirs wood and a custom cave i made in ceramics class. and yes 10 gallons
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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:25 am

What I mean is the rest of the test results.How did you test the ph ? Do you have a test kit or test strips?
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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:20 am

have a test kit.
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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:17 am

Can you tell me what test kit it is please so that i can help you with getting the rest of the results.Or is it just a ph tester?


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PostSubject: Re: make a female gravid?   Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:25 am

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