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Old 20-03-17, 14:17
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L244 breeding attempt

I've had two L244 Pseudolithoxus dumus for about 2-3 years now, in a community tank.

I recently decided to sell my L397 breeding group which has freed up my pleco breeding tank.

Inspired by the (rare) availability of an L244 for sale, I've bought that and have put all three L244s in the breeding tank.

I've got a definite male 90mm SL, a probable female 80mm SL, and the new fish is smaller about 50mm SL and I'm not sure what sex it is.

They seem to be eating well and making use of the numerous caves, slates, rocks and driftwood to hide.

Nothing else to report as yet, but I thought I'd start a thread off in the hope that I will have something to write about eventually!
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Old 20-03-17, 17:28
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looking at your 2 adults... it appears to me you have a male on the left and a female on the right.....

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Many thanks - I agree.

I've got quite a few pics of the adults with good dorsal and ventral views. I'll try to upload some more later. I'm pretty sure the largest, darker-coloured fish is a male and the slightly smaller, lighter-coloured one is a female.

The smallest, new fish is I think too small to be confident either way. However having a third fish (of either sex) can sometimes encourage breeding. I've been looking for more of these for several years and they come up for sale very rarely.
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Hi,

Pic 1: Male and female; Pic 2: male

A Story of sucess

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Old 20-03-17, 18:25
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Many thanks, Elko! Were you first to breed these?
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Old 21-03-17, 10:18
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Here are some ventral views of the two adults, together and separately.
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Hi,

yes, it's the first known breeding group and in this time, probably the only one.

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Well, Elko was right about how shy these fish are, especially without any dither fish!

Often a week passes without me seeing any of them. Once or twice in the last 6 months I've moved the decor around to add more caves (with more variety of shapes) and to make sure they're all still there.

I have also been doing 50% water changes with cool RO water, approximately weekly. Water parameters currently Temp 27C, Conductivity 70us/cm. Two power-heads provide high circulation. Feeding is with Repashy gel cubes, made with a cocktail of different gels but predominantly veggie/algae. The tank also has a thriving population of blackworms in the substrate, which was an accident!

Recently I've noticed one of the fish consistently hanging out in one of the rectangular open-backed caves. He's been there for several days, always upside-down under the ceiling.

Tonight I saw all three of the fish at one time. Of course they're all at the back of the tank and I only managed to photograph bits of them. In the photos I think 1 and 3 are the two males, and 2 is the female. The males are toward the opposite back corners of the tank, and the female toward the middle.

I'm sure it's too much to hope for that the male in the cave is guarding eggs, but it's a change in behaviour that might be promising.
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Hi,

that's good. I keep my fingers crossed.

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Thanks Elko!
I have lots of different types of caves (closed and open ends, round and square, slate, ceramic and wooden) but I have also stacked up chunks and slabs of slate to provide even more shapes. Sometimes they seem to prefer the spaces between the caves rather than the caves themselves.
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