07-06-2007, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by herefishy
Sounds like alot of work for such a tiny fish. I have a fairly large breeding operation in my basement and did not go to the extreme that you seem to be going. Many of my tanks have have nothing more than a sponge filter. Some have gravel, some may have elodea or java moss, but nothing as extravagant as you. The question I must as is, why are you going to all of this extreme and expense?
You will need to make sure that your guppy tanks are species specific, ie. snakeskins males with snakeskin females, half-black males with half-black females, and so on.
My suggestion on tank size would be 20g longs for all. By using tank dividers, you can segrate what needs segregated. 10g would be good rearing tanks.
I know that it's a big job initially, however, with 13 tanks pumping out babies at once, I'll be able to move quite a few guppies. This will also allow me to have the exact same water conditions for each tank since they are all hooked up with each other. That way, I won't have to acclimate pregnant guppies. The third reason is that I just think that it would be a great project to do. After selling about 800 guppies at 50 cents each, I'd have covered my costs of filtration, tanks, and livestock. After that, I'd like to use the money to make another setup for a more expensive fish such as discus.
I've been doing some reading since posting this thread, and noticed that it is important to keep track of which fish is which for a more pure offspring. I'm thinking that maybe I'll keep a 10 gallon stud tank, and a 20 gallon female tank. I'd keep the ratio of makes to females 1:3, and place all four of them in their own ten gallon to breed. After about two weeks, I'd switch one species out for another, and put the male back, and the females into a holding tank for 2-3 weeks until they start to show. From the holding tank, I'd put them with a) the other females or b) into a birthing tank.