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RE: can ancistrus be the bad guy?

Sal and I have been using ancistrus in our breeding
tanks for years. Sal, of course has been using them
much longer. Anyway.... neither of us have lost any
eggs to them. the fish we have kept them with were
always productive, and we never experienced any
problems. We have them in all our breeding tanks to
this day.

--- Yvan Alleau <yalleau@coas.oregonstate.edu> wrote:
> Matt,
> ancistrus like many other fish, especially nocturnal
> fish, would greatly
> snack on eggs. Although I have never seen any of
> these type of fish preying
> on fry, I guess it is possible in the early swimming
> days stage as the fry
> is not in control of its action.However, apisto
> fight also at night against
> predation that is if some light is present for them
> not to be asleep. I have
> seen some cases however where parents would fight
> any fish (small or big)
> that would come in the area of their eggs (lets say
> 1-2 feet) but for
> unknown reasons where leaving corys and other
> catfish going on their eggs
> (and eating them) without any reaction.Your best
> guess is to take the
> ancistrus out for a few weeks and see if the pairs
> successful again.
> Your previous batch looked great: just need to work
> on temperature and pH to
> get some females.
> take care
> Yvan Alleau
> 712 NW Kings Blvd
> Corvallis, OR 97330
> (541) 738-0606
> College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences
> Oregon State University
> Burt 222: (541) 737-3649
> "When you're far from everything, you're getting
> closer to the essential"
>   -----Original Message-----
>   From: owner-apisto@admin.listbox.com
> [mailto:owner-apisto@admin.listbox.com]On Behalf Of
> Matt & Linda Crocker
>   Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2002 5:58 AM
>   To: apisto@listbox.com
>   Subject: Re: can ancistrus be the bad guy?
>     I wonder if this is why my hoignei are always
> going in the pot and she
> is yellow 80% of the time, but only one batch of
> fry.  I have 2 ancistrus in
> the tank.  As far as that goes I have cacs in
> another tank with ancistrus
> and they spawn frequently too, and not too many fry.
>     Matt

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