For those looking for a Pleco Cave that your fish are
naturally attracted to, these are the best caves available for
response from breeding age males, and were tested and
proven here before being sold for their success at producing
healthy, fertile spawns. They are now available in both
the original Select Aquatics Blue, and a natural brown / sand
are equally desired by the Green Dragon Plecos here,
and the longfin albinos are stunning when sitting atop one of
natural colored caves! For those who are serious about
breeding the Green Dragon
Plecostomus, this is THE cave you need!
These are each professionally handmade, and are now
lighter, sturdier, and smoother than
the original generation I caves.
For those who are serious about
breeding the Green Dragon Plecostomus, this is THE cave you
need, and these caves have
proven themselves with other
species of ancistrus as well. The smaller size caves are also being
used by many to breed
many other cave spawning species that are from
2-4 inches in length. Each cave is individually hand made, so there will
be some slight differences in color, shape, etc.
The design was developed after 4 years of breeding many
hundreds of the Green Dragons, testing a wide variety of
commercially available caves, bells, and PVC of various
sizes. There were many desired aspects that were simply not
available in the caves found online. There were many
common, popular caves that the fish refused to enter, even
after many months. Mature males consistently showed a
preference for a specific style, color and texture of cave, and
these Gen II caves were designed so that each of these
preferences have been met. Caves were made of many colors,
shapes, and textures, carefully documenting which
traits were preferred by the fish, and which styles produced the
spawns. As a result, males will often take possession
of these caves within 48 hrs. of being put into the tank!
We needed a cave that the fish sought out to spawn in -
as opposed to hoping that the fish would eventually spawn in
we provided. The Gen I caves were first produced in
2015, and we knew we were on to something when the males would
over this cave, even when other caves were present.
With the new GEN II caves, by using new materials, we were
produce a lighter and sturdier cave that is even easier
on the fish's fins, and at a much lower cost than the previous
The Fish Showed Us What They Wanted:
- They prefer a darker cave interior, but not so dark
that the male could not see the back of the cave. The interior
appearance of the cave by its shape,
clay color and finish are very important. These plecos will
not enter a cave
that does not feel secure or safe to
them. When the Green Dragons cannot see the back, they often
not enter it.
- Many types of
clays were used, and the new Gen II cave is a made of a finer,
smoother, porous terra cotta to be both attractive
to the plecos, but also to limit the
amount of fin tearing and damage that occurs during
breeding within the cave.
- The exterior color had to be one of 3 colors they seemed to
prefer, and the interior had to reflect light correctly
be dark enough to feel
secluded, yet light enough so the males could see the back.
- The cave is angled
with a pedestal to help prevent eggs from being kicked out.
- The cave's size
will handle the largest adults. Large pairs here will often
exceed 6 inches.
- The outside texture is made so that algea and food will
collect and grow on the surface. Rough striations
are attractive to the females that
then graze on the outside of the cave, staying nearby when ready
- Each cave has a
hole drilled in the side, and made watertight so the cave can be
gently and easily removed from
the tank to harvest the eggs or new fry,
with as little disruption and trauma to the tank and breeding male as possible.
- As we introduce
these caves to our breeding pairs, younger plecos being grown
out to be sold are raised with the smaller
smaller versions so they are
accustomed to them as they approach breeding age. Due to
requests for these smaller
caves, these are now offered
for sale as well. Not only are they perfect for adapting the
young plecos to the larger
caves they will later be provided,
they work perfectly when breeding species of plecos that are not
as large as the
6 to 7 inch Green Dragons.