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We're having babies!

I'm a hobbyist aquarist. I love fish keeping. Aquariums are just so relaxing. It doesn't feel like home without one. I also love how, while they're in a domestic setting, they still behave like wild animals. One moment everyone is swimming along like normal, then one day I happen to glance over and see two clown loaches engaged in a ritualistic fight for alpha position, or see the angles courting one another. Never a dull moment! My system is only a tropical freshwater system: I lack the finances for marine one, but maybe one day.

So... I've had a female bristlenose pleco (Ancistrus cirrhosus) for about two years. More recently I decided to get a second pleco. It's grown super fast and is now almost the same size as the female. I thought it, too, was a female due to the almost non-existent bristles. Then it went missing for a few weeks. They're usually pretty cryptic species but I never saw it out at all. Then we found where it was hiding: guarding a clutch of eggs. So he's a boy afterall (and his bristles seemed to have grown in his absence).

The males will establish a territory. The female will come along and choose a territory, lay here eggs and leave to have no further input. It's up to the males to guard and take care of the eggs and subsequent fry. They're typically good fathers, but first-timers can be a little careless. Mine is doing very well indeed.

He's spent the last week guarding his clutch, and fanning them with his fins to keep them oxygenated. They've just hatched (I'll give you some updated shots later) but this photo was taken mere hours before they emerged from their eggs. Those little black dots are their eyes.

This is the first time any fish in this particular aquarium have laid eggs, let alone reared any to hatching so I am SO excited. BABIES!
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Sevel Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
hehe congratulations ^_^' but what on earth will youd o with so many mini fishies...
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Firestar33 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me of when my brother got a fat fish, and just moments after it got used to its aquarium it laid eggs. :XD:
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Zandabear15 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic background story! great picture :)
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freesamplethief Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
So cool. I have an aquarium tooo but no babies currently though when I was a kid we had some angels lay eggs.  I hope all the lil babies make it to adult hood :)
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CelestialMemories Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awww! Babies! :3
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Aenyrhika Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Amazing! Congrats to the fish on their babies! Man, now you make me want to keep an aquarium in my house!
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awesomeXxO Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
congratulations :) what a good daddy he is
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
I'm pleasantly surprised - I've heard lots of tales of first time dads abandoning their young.
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maytel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
:eager: Show me the babehsssssssssssssssssssssssssssss BABEHSSSSSSSSss
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Nuuu my babies :nuu:

I'm gonna upload a couple of pics compiled together - they seem to change every day.
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maytel Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
babehs grow up so fast.
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samsolariusleo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG... That's such a beautiful moment! I really love animals, especially when they show their caring and kind nature :3 I'm really excited to see your update!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
I feel lucky to witness it!
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AruSung Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013   Photographer
:O  It would be nice to see it when go out the egg! :aww:
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
I'll show you all the babies soon!
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AruSung Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013   Photographer
Nice! :w00t:
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SecretWinglet Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on the baby fishes! And I agree. Aquariums are relaxing to look at.

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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Thank you! :heart:
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Kqeina Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
So cool! Please upload photos of the babies! :lol: What are you going to do with them? You can't possibly keep all the newborns to adulthood, won't the aquarium be over crowded?
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
I'm going to find homes for them. My aquarium would definitely be overcrowded with like 20 new plecos haha. 
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Mozerella Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
congrats!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Thank you! :heart:
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Thats awesome, congrats! Hope everything goes well! :D
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Thank you! :heart:
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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mel--mel Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist
this is really interesting!
aren't you worried that your aquarium will be too crwoded with all these babies?
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Yes, that is definitely a concern, which is why I'm going to find them new homes. :la:
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mel--mel Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist
i hope everything goes according to the plan! Hug 
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LordRoseThorn Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All we ever had were Cichlids and Betas.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Both awesome fish!
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LordRoseThorn Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah except for the cannibalizing each other part.
The Cichlids never had any fry though.
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Congrats! ^^.....I can remember when my pleco laid eggs.....I was so excited to see them develope :aww:
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
That's so awesome - what kind of pleco was it?
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ginas-cakes Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It was a bristle nose pleco. It had about the same amount of babies as yours.....they are so cute aren't they :aww:
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The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing :D

What shape does your aquarium have? it's hard to guess from this angle.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Just a standard rectangle. :]
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Samalander75 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Very nice. Congratulations on the little ones.
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Thank you! :heart:
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Samalander75 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
:)
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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist
awwwww~ <3 what a good daddy :)
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
He's the best! Every couple of days he'll sneak away to get some food but won;t go more than a few cm away from the babies to eat it. 
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SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist
awww <3
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Never seen that, it's awesome ^^ Congrats!!
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Thank you! :heart:
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ipmaster Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's amazing :) What will you do with the babies?

A tropical freshwater aquarium system sounds expensive already, especially since you seem to have several species in there XD;;;
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
I'm going to find them new homes. :]

It's definitely very expensive! I have to upgrade to a larger tank eventually but it's soooo expensive. 
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ninjassinwolf Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW i would love to have pics of the babies (that is if you can get shots of them. haha) i dont know how tiny they actually are, i had guppies once that had babies, they were tiny and cute. (i have 2 cats now and im sure they would REALLY love the fish *says in a sarcastic tone* and they are little hyper things, sense i dont have money for a big aquarium id have to get a smaller one, and im sure theyed find a way to knock it over, so im just sticking with the cats for now. haha [although if i could id have a zoo of different animals >_> haha]) but yes, iv never seen baby plecos OwO
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Yup! I got photos as soon as they hatched and am chronicling their development every day. At the moment they're little fry, still attached to the yolk sac. I'll post an update some time soon (I'm trying to not be annoying and spammy with fish photos!)
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ninjassinwolf Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, ok :) I cant wait.
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valentine98 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg that's cool..i hope that all goes well

i have a question though because i've never owned fish..why can't you keep them? you just don't want that many or is there another reason?
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