About 6 months ago, I purchased 4 male and 2 female Endlers Livebearers for my community tank. When I saw a few babies, I scooped them up to keep them from becoming a meal for some of my other fish. I raised them (about 10) in a second tank until they were large enough to fend for themselves, then reintroduced them to the community tank. Before long (probably 2 months) I had well over 50 of them, probably more due to the plants providing good cover.
When it appeared that this problem was growing exponentially, I decided to take action. I dragged out two small tanks and added water from the community tank. Then I pulled out all of the extraneous items so it was nothing but water gravel and fish. After about 2 hours, I removed all the females into one new tank and all the babies into the other small tank, leaving the males in the community tank. As the babies, show their colors and are obviously male, they go back into the community tank.
I would like to give away all of the babies and all but one or two of the females, because my wife keeps reminding me that she only agreed to one tank.
So any suggestions on a good way to give away my "extras" will be appreciated (I've tried friends relatives, schools, workplaces, etc.).
Also, I'm assuming that if I add one female back to the community tank, I'll be in the same situation in 6 months. SO do you recommend getting rid off all my females since I need to get down to one tank?
Thanks for listening.