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Hankj 01-04-2013 11:45 PM

Wanting to Breed - Suggestions Please!
Hello forum,

I am new to this forum but have had aquariums for about ten years now. However, my fish have been limited to guppies, mollies, small barbs, catfish, shrimp, and my newest adventure, marbled crayfish. However, I have been feeling the need to expand a little. I have dedicated space and equipment for a 29 gallon tank and a 10 gallon tank. I would like to include 2-3 of the marbled crayfish (smaller ones, don't mind if they get eaten) in the 29 gallon, along with breed-able fish. I will use the 10 gallon to hold fry and/or lay eggs.

Now, I'm not going to run out and buy the first fish someones suggests and try to breed them. I have the tanks establishing now and will do my research. I was just wondering if you all could nudge me in the right directions with some fish that you think will be a good fit for a 29 gallon and relatively easy to breed or a good starter. Would like to expand beyond live bearers. Cooler the better 8-).


djembekah 01-05-2013 01:13 AM

it seems like you don't have the space to breed much other than live bearers. 10 gallon isn't a big enough grow out tank for a lot of things, and 29 isn't really big enough to hold a lot of "cool" fish. and i'd expect the crayfish to eat fry.

if you DO pick a kind of fish to breed, find out what's necessary for breeding. a lot of things need like 40 gallon breeder tanks to grow out. not to mention adult fish that need bigger.

charlie1881 01-05-2013 01:35 AM

Hey Hank ,
DJ is right about the tank size for alot of the common uniqe such as loaches , sharks , angels and stuff need more space . ( well oka angels aint real uniqe to some but are cool fish ) Dont know really what you would call ''cool'' so its kinda hard to answer lol those I listed are cool to me and diffrent , you dont hear many people breeding them ( except angels a few people do breed them they are kinda easy from what I hear ) .

But there are many egg layers that you got room for like ''cherry barbs'' ''Harlaquin Rasbora'' spellin might not be right on the last one sory most folks call them ''hets''. You might consider a chichlid tank ..Lots of colors and diffrent types to pick from :-) Also they aint to hard to get to breed from what I read so thats an option .
And you cant forget the placos lots of diffrent types ''clown'' ''zebra'' ''bristlenose'' ''golden'' lol lots to pick from .
I hope this helps give you some ideas , and good luck with the new adventure !! Let me know what you settle on :-D

Nilet699 01-05-2013 02:02 AM

I think it supposes as well what your intentions are after you breed them. Are you going to get them to 3 months say and then give them to your lfs, sell them, or keep them all.

I like the bristlenose idea from above because well, I like them, I've even looked into breeding them perhaps in the future and even spoke to my lfs about whether they'd take them after etc, presumably what I couldn't sell early on as I wouldn't want to sustain like 50-100 of these!

jentralala 01-05-2013 02:15 AM

I've heard Kuhli loaches can be fun to breed, but definitely on the challenging side. Harlequin Rasboras could also work, they lay their eggs on broad leafed plants. Mine spawn a few times a month, but I have yet to see fry, and the eggs get consumed fairly quickly.

djembekah 01-05-2013 02:20 AM

Oh yes they have very good points. Definitely finding homes for fry is a good idea before they're even born. And all the materials like food, sponge filters, etc taht you'll need. the breeding section of the forum has TONS of great advice and logs of people's breeding aventures. :)

I like he pleco idea too. not sure how much space the fry need to grow out in, but I'm a sucker for catfish.

my cories and angels spawn all the time, but I've never had fry either. but i don't have space for fry anyways

good luck though man!

Hankj 01-05-2013 11:51 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions so far guys!

I guess when I think "cool" I think of nice colors and a bit aggressive. I keep several geckos so I have a lot of feeder insects (mealworms, dubia roaches, etc.) that I would like to feed to the fish. I guess I was thinking more towards cichlids. I was just unsure if they can be housed properly in that small of a tank.

As far as dealing with the fry, I know there is a bit of a market for cheap cichlids in this area and I am closely affiliated with a few pet stores and a friend that has turned his garage into a fish house and sells frequently.

charlie1881 01-05-2013 12:00 PM

Hey Hank ,
Sure its big enough for a pair chichlids as long as you research the specific type you get . Wich from reading here I'm sure you will . There are small ones that you could house a pair of , and seeing that you have something to do with the fry is awsome thats a big problem for most people that decide hey I want to breed , they dont think ahead enough to realize hey Im gonna have 30 plus extra fish soon . lol its nice to see someone thought out and prepaired ;-) I do wish you all the luck . Im tryin to get a pair of chichlids myself from a member on here but having trouble with my paypal account :evil: they are soo cool really great fish.
god bless

djembekah 01-05-2013 04:05 PM

i really don't think you have enough space to breed any kind of cichlids :s

maybe to keep much more than a few rams

lucklein 01-05-2013 04:46 PM

Have you thought about Kribensis? They are fairly easy to breed and they take care of their young - which is interesting to watch.

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