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post #1 of 3 Old 01-12-2010, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about breeding killifish, input please!

While my aquarium is cycling, I am thinking about different fish I would like to put in it. It is a 29 gallon, so far freshwater aquarium. I can make it brackish if I need to, but should I use aquarium salt or marine salt to do that? Marine salt is not readily available in my area, but I did buy some aquarium salt a while ago and I still have it. I would like to have some killifish. My tank is big enough and they are easy to breed, or so I hear. They are colorful and look really cool, but it's a little confusing looking at all the different species. All the fish are listed by their scientific names and I have to click on a link to look at pictures of any fish (I'm looking at I was hoping to get some desert pupfish, but I can't find any for sale, and they're an endangered species. I was only looking at them because I was reading through a book with a bunch of different species, and the picture for desert pupfish showed a striking blue male with a not so colorful female. Anyway, I can't find if killifish need brackish water. Some seem completely freshwater, from the conversations I've heard about them, and others, like the desert pupfish, live in hugely salty water. And should I buy a pair of fish, or a group of eggs?

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post #2 of 3 Old 01-12-2010, 11:15 PM
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I used to breed A. Australe (in my profile pic here).
For starters no salt needed for them. "easy" breading is relative, you need super good water quality, tannis stained water, way soft & acidic; then proper variety of high quality foods then a good pair to begin with.

Raising eggs can go quickly wrong, specially in new set ups, so I'd say your better up with fish.

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post #3 of 3 Old 01-13-2010, 04:49 AM
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I accidentally bred Aplocheilus lineatus, so that should say something. Granted I didn't have anywhere to put the fry so they ended up getting eaten by the parents, but it still says something about the ease of breeding this species.

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