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What type of freshwater fish will not eat its eggs and fry ?

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What type of freshwater fish will not eat its eggs and fry ?
Old 04-25-2010, 07:35 PM   #1
 
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I am having a very difficult time finding a fish that will not eat its own egg or it's fry, Please help !
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:51 PM   #2
 
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Before I answer, please think about this.
When fish eat their eggs and fry, it's because that's worked the best for the survival of the species. A shoul of 10 egglaying fish can produce hundreds of eggs. If they all survived, it would be a crisis.

If you want fry, thats great. Make sure you have a place for them. Most of the fish I can think of are relatively large, so you'd want a 35+ gallon tank devoted only to the species you're breeding.

Many cichlids come to mind- as well as discus and I think angelfish.. maybe not angelfish.. but anyway, many cichlids are very protective parents... so they might lay 20-30-40 eggs, and before you know it you have about that many juveniles that need a home.

Plecos also will protect their eggs and fry depending on the species.

Both species are extremely overprotective, and will fight ruthlessly with anything in their territory, and many times their territory is 3/4 of the tank, if not the whole thing.

Why are you set on finding a fish that won't eat its young?
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:50 AM   #3
 
Its just a personal thing that I do not like to keep pets that eat their own eggs / young ones.

You said Discus , I have a 30 Gal freshwater tank, how many discuss do you think would be enough keeping in mind the territorial aggression and breeding?

Thanks a lot for the quick response ! :)
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:59 PM   #4
 
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discus fish are not cheap !!...:):):)
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:15 PM   #5
 
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Well... Hmmm. Your personal thing seems odd to me, but like you said, it's personal. :)

And true, discus aren't cheap... You'd be looking at minimum $50 per fish, and only a pair (MAYBE a trio, probably only a pair tho) would fir in a 30. Even then, it's kinda small, and even in a large tank they require daily water changes, expensive protien-rich diet (many people feed beef heart), etc.

Your best bet would be a cichlid pair or maybe bristlenose pleco pair. Both practice some sort of parenting- guarding them, feeding them, etc. But you have to understand, if you don't have a known way of getting rid of the fry, you shouldn't breed them.

A cichlid pair can easily produce a hundred fry, and they become very territorial as they get older, not to mention big. To keep all hundred would be impossible.
Do some research and find out what you can sell. I have some green terrors that I could actually send you for shipping, because I got talked into buying some fry that the breeder was going to flush down the toilet-
he simply had no room.

I also have an insane number of guppies- even though they do eat their young, My population went from 3 to over 300 in a year. (Of course I was giving them away, 10-20 a month after the second month- I'm down to 40 (10 adults and 30 fry in a 10G, trying to find a home for them, but they're reproducing faster than I can get rid of them. It's like a plague!)

If you know for a fact that you can get rid of the fry, go with cichlids.
Otherwise, well, I'd go for a sorority or fraternity tank with only males or females of each species (doesn't work with cichlids)

I think you may be attributing human emotions a little bit too much to fish. They eat their young because if they didn't, the species would exterminate itself.
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:25 PM   #6
 
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There are plenty of fish that do not breed in home aquaria unless you are really trying. I keep loaches, barbs, discus, dwarf cichlids...no eggs, no babies, no nothing. Is your goal to have a breeding pair of some type of fish?
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:33 PM   #7
 
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There are plenty of fish that do not breed in home aquaria unless you are really trying. I keep loaches, barbs, discus, dwarf cichlids...no eggs, no babies, no nothing. Is your goal to have a breeding pair of some type of fish?
Hmm. I thought barbs were kind of easy, they just eat the eggs before you notice them.
Might be wrong though.
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:47 PM   #8
 
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What is in demond right now?(what should I breed?)

whoops meant to make this a topic- I hit the wrong button.

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