This morning, the male had left his cave and all the fry are on the glass, so I figure it is time to put the cave and BN dad back to his tank with his lady friends. I put my hand in the tank, the male swam into his cave. I turned the cave over with dad, and moved him and the cave back to his tank. He just sat there in his cave and waited patiently for me to put him back in his tank. Once in the water, he swim out of the cave, and back in. Now he's prepping his cave for the next visitor. I think he's getting into a routine with me. This is the second time we have done this.
In my other tank, there's one female and 4 males, so it works out a bit better. She lays eggs about every two months.
Last week I tried giving them these glass candle holders that are about the right size... 'thought it would be fun to have something transparent. So far no dice, but maybe the boys will come around.
I need to upgrade the cave for my albino BN. The females are having difficulties entering and exiting the cave, because they are so big, especially when they are full of eggs. I need to find another male to help the albino male. He has been sitting on eggs and fry for months, because the girls line up outside his cave. I don't know when he eats. He's a good dad, but I think it is running him ragged.
I was hoping for specific recommendations on caves because I need to find new things to try... my boys have outgrown the only caves they've accepted so far. I've tried cichlid stones (they loved the small round ones) and various found objects, and was just wondering what ohers were using.
With my regular BN my males are 4" (if you go to the link below, the first picture is my alpha male of the regular BN) and my female is 3". When she isn't full of eggs, she is tiny. I sometimes get her mixed up with her older fry.
I use decorations I bought at PetSmart. One is an octopus, one has a snail and one had a snake wrapped around a stump (that's the one pictured in the link below). All are small, resin decorations, and I need to get larger pieces. My large regular BN is thinking about abandoning his "snail cave" (not a shell -- lost too many fish jammed in snail shells -- just a decoration with a snail on it) and thinking about using a bit of driftwood, but I think he feels exposed. The preferred deorations are hollow in the center with holes large enough for the fish to enter and exit, but not large enough for another fish to enter. At the top of the decorations is a hollowed out place where the fish keeps the eggs. When I bought these decorations, I didn't have BN, and so it is lucky accident that they really like these decorations. WHen I have some time, I will try to take a couple pictures.
Here's a question I posted on Planetcatfish, and in the second picture, when you scroll down, you can see the the albino male's tail hanging out of the "snake" cave. You can see where I point out where his eggs are in the cave. As you can see I had some major problems in the beginning, but I am doing okay now.
http://www.planetcatfish.com/forum/view ... =5&t=31278
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