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Hi all,

I have 7 L397 @ 6-8cm in a 4x18x18 ( have painted the back & sides black )

Plenty of good wood & caves, little bit of coffs gravel up the back where i planted some val & a few crypts, other than that its a bare bottom. Filtration on this little guy is 700l/h internal + 2 of xy380 bio sponges at one end, & recently added a big powerhead down deep at other end. Anyway the fish always appear to be in great condition ( although they do spend 99%of time hidden away munching timber! ) i give them zucchini, leb cucumber which they like & occasional algae wafers ( ocean nutrition brand a.t.m )

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Just read a post from overseas breeder of L397 who claims that you must feed them plenty of shrimp & mozzie larvae/wrigglers which goes against everything i have been told. In the past Ive had no problems with feeding common & pep b/nose things like bloodworm along with greens & timber.

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What do the experienced Lnumber people out there think about shrimp & mozzie larvae for L397 ?? Do they need it / any possible health issues with incorrect diet etc.

& while we're at it what about bloodworm ( haven't fed either of these to mine yet ) As i was of the opinion they are woodeaters with veges on the side.... & think i was told meaty foods are a big no-no with these guys.... Have been a fishkeeper for over 25years but always learning & really appreciate any advice on this one people, cheers, Jono.

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Mozzie Larvae is just your bloodworms . Ive always been told 397 are different looking Bristlenoses feedign wise love there wood and greens with wafers as a protien source. I havent kept em but people I know who do only feed exaclty what you do. Brengun should be able to give you some good advice.

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my 397 breed reg with no mozzie larvea. feed only wood greens and hikkari alge discs i would re no meat protens as their digestive trac is not desinged for it but des for wood and veg

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Only mozzie larvae my L397's get is if a mozzie flies in the tank and lays some eggs lol. They don't need it.

If you want a meatier diet Hikari algae tabs are best. Dunno why they are called "algae" tabs since algae is only a small part of their ingredients.

I just pulled 32 fry out of two logs and the only food the parents were on is Sera flora flake and Hikari algae tabs and maybe once or twice a week a small bit of cucumber if I remember to put it in.

Fry will only be fed cucumber and flora flake for a week or two before gradually introducing the Hikari algae to them as well.

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Thanks for that, will get some flake today & maybe the hikari discs too coz nothin seems to keen on the last couple wafer brands ive tried ( common b/n, pepps & 4 nice L001's ) will try put a few photo's up later, + what kinda size will they start to breed ?

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It would not be something that I would recommend. It may work but have not seen or heard anything that would support what the breeder said. A lot of people will just run with the tried and true of good food like the Hikari Algae Wafers and Zuchinni and various veg. Their stomach tract seems to work well with those foods.

Just keep in mind that you can not force them to breed - all you can do is provide them with the conditions that promote breeding and let them do the rest when they are ready.

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yeah, roger that John was just asking at what size they become sexually mature, around 10cm+ i was thinking ?

Approx 8cm is a good start of being mature age, 10cm plus is very mature :)

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