04-26-2010, 01:15 PM
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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.