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Old 04-03-2006, 08:08 PM   #1
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I noticed thursday that one of my bullheads was in a pot i have in my 55. It was strange because they are usually waiting to be feed in the morning but on thursday she would not leave the pot. I read on varous web pages that they make a saucer type of thing in the gravel, and this morning i saw that there were eggs in the pot and the other bullhead was fertilizing them.

Sorry if that story was long but i have a few questions.

How common is it for bullheads to eat their eggs?

Should i remove the parents?

How may tipicly survive to adulthood?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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55 gal

80 F - water temp

2 bullheads - the parents

3 mystery snails

Don't know ph or nitrates because my test strips ran out and i havent bothered getting more.

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Old 04-04-2006, 07:34 PM   #2
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Hmm.. that's funny. I KNOW I answered this already, so where did my post go?

Anyway, no, it's not common for the parents to eat the eggs, and in fact they make pretty good parents. However, if you want to maximise production & minimize risk, then remove the parents.

The fry are ravenous, and will grow six inches in their first year. The survival rate is high if you take good care of them.
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Old 04-04-2006, 09:38 PM   #3
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Awesome accomplishment, I have never heard of bullheads being spawned in an aquarium!
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Old 04-05-2006, 05:05 AM   #4
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congrats!

BTW, what is a bullhead??
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Old 04-05-2006, 06:40 AM   #5
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It's a big ugly North American Catfish.
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Old 04-05-2006, 06:48 AM   #6
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Ive never caught one over a couple pounds... How big do they get?
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Old 04-05-2006, 06:44 PM   #7
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Thats cool and congrats.

Let us know when they start to hatch and their progress as they grow.
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thanks everyone and i will try my best. Hopefully they will hatch and everything goes well. By the way mine are about 9 to 10 inces. Not to big. I just love everthing about these fish and i have had them since they were fry so i have gotten attached to them, even if they are ugly.
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Old 04-06-2006, 07:10 AM   #9
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Ugly bottom feeders are the best fish. I have a couple tanks with only bottom feeders in them. - Darn - now you got me thinking on how to spend a couple bucks to fill the rest of the tank.
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Old 04-06-2006, 08:25 PM   #10
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finnaly someone who likes ugly bottom dwellers. Im not the only one now.
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Old 04-08-2006, 05:34 PM   #11
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ok the fry hatched on Thurday April 6. There are alot. Just thought i would tell you.

Sorry i cant take a picture because they are hidding in the gravel so ill post one when they are bigger.
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Cool, When they get a bit bigger would you be willing to send one or two my way?
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how about a pick of the proud parents? bet they look great
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Old 04-13-2006, 09:43 AM   #14
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Sorry i could not reply for a while. I was On Vacation. I Finally got good pics of the fry and the mom.(Had to wake up at 11:30 pm since they are nocturnal, But it's ok) The mom is a great mom too. Hope you like the photos.
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Excellent photos. When you get a chance to watch them must be like watching a moving carpet or grass waving in the wind. The floor is always moving.
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