Originally Posted by Kim
Super cute :)
What do you do with all the babies? Just curious because that is the main reason I don't have any livebearers right now - they just overpopulate so quickly! It is amazing to watch them grow up though :)
That's a good question. For a while there, I was taking babies to any shop that would accept them. Usually you give them to the shop for free, at any size really, and they raise them and sell them, or give them away in some cases if they don't have room of their own.
Recently I found a store that will actually buy them from me. They have to be older though, usually an inch or more long. Which means I probably can't fully raise ALL of those babies but I can raise them long enough older fry at the shops and most adults wont go for them. =p
I used to raise babies for a month or so and give them to places like petco and petsmart, I made sure they had an adequate area to keep them first. lol I've even been allowed to go visit the growing babies on several occasions to see how they're doing. ^_~ At the shop that buys them from me, they pay you half of what that type of fish is worth in store credit, or a little less in cash. I've had scares where I thought I'd be stuck, so sometimes you just have to call around to your local petshops and fish stores. There's usually someone who will take them or buy them. I try to always have at least two places as a back up, in case the shop I want to go to doesn't have room, or if one stops taking in live fish.
If I ever lost all the shops that help me out, I'd be stuck for a while. But I'd also separate all males and females. Even so, livebearers can still give birth after mating, so I'd have to think of something. I've also sold some on craigslist. You don't get as much there, but you can ask for care costs...which means you could actually ask for a couple dollars per. =) I usually ask for 50 cents or so, depending on the type of fish. So I suppose I cheat a little. xD