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Twistersmom 12-11-2008 04:22 PM

Question on breading minnow pike?
My Belonesox pike are my first livebreaders, so this is all new to me. One of my females had looked close to busting for a few days. I was hoping to be around when she had her babies, that way I could put them in a breeders net for safe keeping. Unfortunately she let go of the babies sometime last night or early morning. All the fish were stir crazy this morning. Peacock ells looked like they had a nice meal! My question is whether she will still release her young if i move her into my 10 gal hospital next time she looks nice and fat? She is about 6 or 7 inches long, so maybe a small tank would cause to much stress? I Have 4 occupied aquarium already, so no more room for a larger breeding tank.

iamntbatman 12-12-2008 04:18 PM

It's possibly that moving her could cause her enough stress that she would absorb the eggs instead of giving birth, or could prolong the pregnancy. However, if you're really looking to raise the fry, I doubt you'll be able to do it in a tank full of predatory eels and livebearers, so moving her is probably your best option.

Twistersmom 12-12-2008 05:59 PM

From what I have read about raising pike fry, It may be more work than I want to get into anyways. You have to Keep sorting the babys by size, to keep them from eating each other.

iamntbatman 12-17-2008 05:20 PM

Sounds like a pain, but these fish tend to be *very* expensive in stores so raising them and selling them might be profitable.

Twistersmom 12-18-2008 07:34 AM

Thanks iamntbatman! I will keep that in mind. I love my fish, but goodgrief, I spend alot of money on them. Couldn't hurt to make some money off of them in return!

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