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Falina 03-12-2007 07:33 AM

cories vs livebearers vs bettas

first of all ive never bred fish before so all the help available would be greatly appreciated. i currently have 2 tanks. one established and one just finsihed cycling about to be filled this week. i would like to start breeding and my lfs is happy to take any babies from me (not for a price, i just want to see them rehomed as i cant keep them all obviously). the new tank will have 1 male and 3 female black swordtails, 1 male and 1 female black mollies. from what i hear these will breed like rabbits so i wont have any problems there. my question is really about whether i would be best (as a beginner) to try to breed cories or bettas (or even none at all if you dont think i have the right tanks etc - i only want to breed if i can do it properly) as i wanted a bit of a challenge breeding egg layers rather tha livebearers.

here are my tanks:

10g established - 3 albino cories and 3 bronze and a male betta which i plan to move into my other tank shortly.

35g new - pictus catfish, upside down catfish, common plec, 2 black mollies and 4 black swordtails

im well aware that my plec will soon outgrow his tank however he and the other 2 catfish are rescued from somebody i know who threatened to flush all 3 of them if i didnt either take them or find somewhere for them to go. hes only 2" long at the moment so is fine just now anyway.

now, if i were to bred the cories they would just do so in their own species tank. if i were to breed bettas, i would keep my male betta in the tank with the cories and have 3 or 4 females in the larger tank and i could move one of them into the cory tank for them to breed then move her back.

i plan to rescue a small amount of molly/swordtail fry and have them grow up a little in the cory tank as no fry would be safe with the pictus.

any opinions/advice/criticism would be greatly appreciated - like i said i only want to breed if i can do it properly so i dont want to start without all the advice i can get


soco1125 03-12-2007 03:34 PM

Though I haven't tried with either of these species yet, I don't think it'd be too hard. Cories may be a little tricky (like tetras), but certainly doable. Bettas are a bit iffy too. You have to keep an eye on them because the females are just as mean as the males.

If you want to test the waters of matchmaking before diving in, you could try zebra or leopard danios for your first egg-producer breeding. I had some once upon a time that bred all on their own in a community tank, though none of the fry survived. You should have great success if you set up a breeding tank with marbles covering the bottom and only 1/2 full of water (so that they don't eat all of the eggs before they hit the bottom). I'm sure your LFS will happily take them since they're so popular.

Good luck :)

Weasel F. 03-21-2007 11:33 AM

I've been a betta breder for 5yrs. Breding bettas isn't hard with the Vail tails. But getes a little harder with the halfmoons and halfmoon plakats. PKs as they are referred to are alot harder. Any question just pm me.

Falina 03-21-2007 07:09 PM

thanks for the replies abd the support. i will let you know if i have any luck. the male i have is a veil tail. do veil teils have to breed with veil tail females? or do the fry just take after the father?


musho3210 03-21-2007 07:30 PM

convict cichlids are very easy to breed, your only problem with them is stopping them from breeding, similar to livebearing breeding. But make sure you breed convicts in a species tank cause there name is what they are.

Falina 03-21-2007 07:56 PM

thanks for the suggestion but unfortunately, in the absense of anyone having babies, or sadly anyone dying and therefore being replaced, i wasnt planning on adding anymore species to my tanks as i would worry about overcrowding. theres perhaps a little room in my 35g tank for another small fish or 2 but i was reserving this space for any babies as id love to keep one that i had bred myself.

one day when i have more money id love to set up another tank probably for cichlids so i might think about convicts then

Weasel F. 03-22-2007 10:58 AM

It is best to bred VT with VT. Your coloring of the fry is going to be hard to say cause with let's say a store bought betta. You have no ideal of the parents colors. But in my expearants the female tens to be the more damain geno carrier and there for the colors ten to come more from the females. If the males red anwith blue wash { in other words blue under the red.} and female same. Your going to get more blue in the fry. the under laying colors sem to always show up more the the over laying colors in the fry.

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