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 Hypancistris Breeding Caves

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makemineirish
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PostSubject: Hypancistris Breeding Caves   Hypancistris Breeding Caves Icon_minitime3/7/2012, 3:31 pm

My research has led me to a number of husbandry blogs detailing water parameters, feeding schedules, lighting periods, and temperature manipulation. However, there is little information in the way of preferred cave size, shape, or placement beyond the overhang suggested in the breeding tips thread. I am a chronic tweaker and plan to make my own terra cotta designs.

I can try different options to see what works best but would love to have a steeper learning curve by mining the collective wisdom on this forum. I know that this list of questions is exhaustive, but don’t feel you have to answer everything. Any information is appreciated.

For those of you who have successfully bred Hypancistrus:

Is there a particular shape of opening that seems more desirable: square, circular, rectangular, semi-circle, or triangular?

Do they prefer a tunnel of uniform dimensions along its length or one that tapers towards the rear?

Can you stack the tunnels into a condo arrangement to reduce the footprint of the aquarium furniture, or do they need them spaced throughout the tank for larger territories?

If the plecos do not mind a condo arrangement, is it still inadvisable to arrange them in a manner that requires you to disturb the others in accessing one?

Has anyone experimented with placing the caves at varying heights within the aquarium or is it a given that they should be placed near the substrate?

Where do y’all fall on the debate over the importance of a current across the opening of the tunnels?

Should I add a lip to the bottom edge of the tunnels to reduce the possibility that eggs will be “kicked out”?

Do you find it advantageous to have a removable segment to provide access to the interior or is that an unnecessary feature?

What are the dimensions of your favorite Hypancistrus cave, and which L number do you use it with?

If my plecos do spawn in the peaceful community, is it better to leave the fry undisturbed or to transfer the cave to a bare-bottom grow out tank?

If it is advisable to transfer, then do you just move the fry over or their parents too?

I hope that I have covered everything, but would be deeply appreciative of any information you guys might feel that I have overlooked. Thanks in advance for any help.
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PostSubject: Re: Hypancistris Breeding Caves   Hypancistris Breeding Caves Icon_minitime1/27/2013, 7:58 am

I would use broken flower pots or coconut shells. They like to swim underneath where they can deposit their eggs. A bare bottom tank or fine sugar sand will do the trick.
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PostSubject: Re: Hypancistris Breeding Caves   Hypancistris Breeding Caves Icon_minitime1/28/2013, 1:32 pm

i sell slate caves. check out my website.

http://www.holeyrockoftexas.com/index_files/Page781.htm

also krister on this site has breed a ton of plecos. you might want to hit him up for some info. he also has a bunch currently for sell.

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PostSubject: Re: Hypancistris Breeding Caves   Hypancistris Breeding Caves Icon_minitime2/3/2013, 8:32 am

It does not matter if the cave is round, oval, square or rectangle. If they are primed to spawn they will spawn. I don't even play with water parameters. I just use water off the tap and de chlorinate it. However I make my own cave based in the size of the Hypan the cave has to be big or small enough for the male to trap female and for the female to be able to get out after the spawn

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