tolstoy21 Posted November 15, 2022 Share Posted November 15, 2022 (edited) So I've had L397's for about 1 1/2 years now. Other than caring for them, I really don't pay much attention to them, assuming they had to be a bit older to breed. I also use my L397 tank to keep neocadina culls where they breed like mad. Every week or so, I go in and pull out any good looking shrimp and put them back into their colony, and then feed the rest to my fish. Today when I was netting out shrimp I noticed one, lone little wiggler in the sand, attached to its yolk sack. Totally blew my mind. I have all the pleco caves under a really thick piece of bog wood. It's hard to see under the log's overhang and into their caves so I figured I would lift the wood to get a better view. On the bottom side of the log were a couple juvenile L397s who quickly scurried off into a big patch of java fern! No idea how many are actually in there. So . . . . . . . . excitement (and long story) over, I now have a question or two! Is there any advantage to actively removing fry or eggs from the caves, and putting them in an egg tumbler or breeder box respectively, or, is it best to just let the parents do their thing and rear the fry? Do you get more fry by pulling them or by having the parents raise them? One fry got kicked out of the cave, but I didn't see any others. I'm guessing this is typical? Should I be looking for others? Also, should I be monitoring these fish more for signs that they are breeding or that they have fry in their caves? Any advice? This is my very first experience with spawning plecos of any sort. Thanks for once again for reading one of my typical, wordy posts if you got this far! Edited November 15, 2022 by tolstoy21 6 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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