new fish breeder here

@benny128 (3624)
December 22, 2009 5:58am CST
hey all just got a tropical fish tank its 54 litres, now the question is what are the best fish to breed in there as buying some but want to end up breeding some fish any idea's on the best ones to breed in a medium sized tank. Any help be appreciated.
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@Yonnutz (53)
• Romania
22 Dec 09
I must say that the easyest fish to breed are guppys. I have some, and they already had babies to times. You don't even have to do anything....they do all the work. I tryed with bettas...no succes...but with guppy....so easy. First time, i just brought them home, some males and females, and after a few days i saw the new babies. I was amezed. And they are easy to care. So, for the begining, i would say that guppy are the best.
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@benny128 (3624)
22 Dec 09
cool any idea tho how to tell the difference between boys and girl guppy's don't want to go and end up buying a few males thinking they are male and females lol,
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• Romania
22 Dec 09
It's easy to see the difference. The males are a little bitt smaller then females, and like the most animal, they are more colourfull, have bigger fins, so they can put up a shou to atract females, witch are more fades...have less colour, smaller tail, etc. What i love about them, they are very energetic, swimming arround all day, and being so coloirfull, it's quite amazeing to watch them. They are so cute.
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@benny128 (3624)
23 Dec 09
ah ok cool thanks for the info as don't wanna go to the garden centre buy some fish and find out later am trying to breed all males lol,
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@jb78000 (15178)
24 Dec 09
hi benny, i haven't had an aquarium since i was a child (and then it was basically just me taking over the care of the family tank) although i would love to have one. guppies are supposed to be very easy to breed and so are mollies, i think.
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@benny128 (3624)
24 Dec 09
yeah think am going to get guppy's got neon tetra;s in there now about half a dozen, then guppy's going to be the final fish we put in as I believe guppy's are real easy to breed as a first attempt at breeding though thats down the line as obviously need to make sure the water is spot on and do regular 20% water changes for first few weeks till it gets established properly
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• United States
23 Dec 09
That is equivalent to about 14 US gallons so it is a small tank. There are other fish that could be spawned in that size of a tank as long as they were the only fish in the tank. Guppies and platties are two live bearing fish that will work. The males have a modified anal fish that is pointed and round in the females. The males do not get this pointed fin until they are mature so many people think that their females have turned into males whereas they only matured into adult males. If you do decide to get live bearing fish make sure to get two or three females for each male. If you get the same or more males than females, the males will not let the females rest, they will constantly be trying to mate with the females. What is the "foot print of the tank? that is ow long, how wide and how tall is the tank? If it is not tall but rather shallow with a large "foot print", you could get a pair of dwarf cichlids like the rams. Another fish that I have spawned in small tanks are the paradise fish (related to the Betta) but you do not have to remove the females (or at least I did not). Another thought are the small danios as long as you have plenty of fine leaved plants for the eggs to hide in you might be able to breed these fish. I would recommend getting live aquatic plants because the plants will have foods for the baby fish when they hatch and will also be a cover for the babies to hide in. Keep us informed as to what kind of fish that you decide on breeding. And also consider what you will do with the babies once they are large enough to be moved to another tank, you do not want to overcrowd your tank. It will lower their resistance to diseases and you might loose the whole tank full of fish.
@benny128 (3624)
23 Dec 09
hiya the tank itself is 60cm x 30 x 30 so a bit more of a rectangle. I have a smaller tank aswell that we used to keep goldfish in the idea is basically to breed some fish maybe sell them to fund a larger tank but also showing my kids how nature works etc etc I have transferred the old water that was in the gold fish tank into the new one then topped it up and by the time fish are introduced on xmas eve it will of been standing with the pump running for about a week. I have put in a gravel bottom topped with sand and have 3 live plants in there at the moment more for trying to get enough oxygen into the water. Was thinking of guppy's but not sure how easy it would be to re-sell the guppy's as hopefully wanting to get a larger tank eventually. Also would rather have fish that you don't have to seperate as only have one other tank.
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• United States
24 Dec 09
You can go to the pet shops and ask them what kinds of fish that they will buy from you. You can also join aquarium clubs and find out what kinds of fish they might recommend and get information on how to go about breeding and raising the fish that you wish to sell. I can tell you that it is not easy to make any money breeding and raising fish for sell. I do it for the enjoyment and knowledge that I get. I belong to several aquarium clubs and will take some of my fish in for auction and will usually wind up buying other people fish that I have not bred yet to try to breed them. I have 13 aquariums running right now and if I had more room, I would set up more.
• Romania
24 Dec 09
Oscar i admire you. 13 tanks are lot of work. I have only two, small ones. one for the comunity, and one for breeding, i just started seriosly on breeding. Benny, you have more chances to sell guppy if you can find some Pure breed and keep up the line. this would help you sell them better.
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