Hey guys, I've followed this forum for a while but I've never bothered posting until now.
I have had fish tanks for years, but I still feel like I'm an amateur considering all the wealth of knowledge on the internet regarding fish. I just recently started expanding from my main angelfish tank and decided to try some breeding. This is nothing serious, I'm in it mainly for the experience and fully anticipate to lose money.
The guppies are currently in a 10 gallon tank that has been running for about 2 months. My PH and hardness are a little high, but that's just our tap water, it's similar to the LFS and is very consistent so I don't see it as an issue.
Fish - 2 female guppies, 1 male guppie (from another source to avoid inbreeding), 3 neon tetras, and 3 ghost shrimp
Temperature - 76F
PH - 7.5
Hardness - 9
Water Changes - 25% weekly.
Lighting - Sunlight through blinds, opened usually a few hours a day.
Now on to the breeding set up. I have two 5 gallon containers with separate heating and filtration. No substrate and they will have the same stats as the 10 gallon once they are fully cycled.
I'm not 100% how I am going to handle the breeding process with the equipment I have available, there are several problems that could arise. The females look to be a few weeks off on birthing, so that could mean a lot of times where we have a 1 female to 1 male ratio in the 10 gallon, which could stress the fish.
To avoid that my current plan is to have 1 tank as a fry tank, and have the 2nd as a housing tank for the 2 mothers. I will leave the mothers in the tank most of the time, except for some sexy time with the male. Once the female has the frys I will move them to the fry tank.
I've never bred fish before so I'm open to all suggestions, and please tell me any mistakes I am making or anything you would do differently