02-11-2007, 05:17 PM
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I have never had a problem with the large net breeders and leaving them open for the fish to have their babies. Swords, platties, guppies and mollies all did really well and were less stressed IMO because the males couldn't chase them around and force them to hide.
It can take a while for her to drop the babies to be patient. The plants will help the babies survive and hide so the mother won't eat them and the babies can eat the detritus off the leaves of the plants.
The only probem I can see with using a breeder is netting the fish, not the net breeder itself. I coax the famle into the net instead of netting her so there is no stress to the babies or her.