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Darkskies 07-04-2010 12:48 PM

125 Gallon Tank Breeding Options
This is one of my first posts on these forums but I am not a newbie and am rather knowledgeable about fish care. I currently have a bare 125 gallon tank sitting in my living room and was very interested in devoting it to breeding some type of cichlid species. Due to expenses I am planning on keeping it mostly bare(it does contain a 1" layer of gravel) and was wondering if there are any cichlid species that would thrive in such an austere setting(I may have a couple of decorations and of course flowerpots for the spawning surface/niche). Alternatively, I am open to any other species of fish not from the Cichlidae family that would breed and live well in this setting. Thanks for your advice in advance!

kitten_penang 07-09-2010 10:13 AM

try african chilids.they are hardy and come in a lot of colours.

aunt kymmie 07-09-2010 10:19 AM

Are you doing this to make cash or just for the experience of doing it?
Just curious...

Darkskies 07-10-2010 02:40 PM

I am doing it just for the experience of it although I would not mind making some extra cash on the side.

jeaninel 07-11-2010 01:16 AM

I think African cichlids would prefer lots of rock and cave structures. For a bare open tank like that maybe a pair of the larger American cichlids. I would do a pair of Jaguar cichlids if it were me. I've always wanted them but don't have a large enough tank.

aunt kymmie 07-11-2010 01:29 PM

Were it me I'd want to breed discus, simply for the challenge. If successful it would put a nice chunk of change in your pocket. The problem is the intial expense, you'd need a mated pair. Not cheap.
I also like Jeaninel's idea, Jaguars would be cool to breed. I've never seen any Jaguars offered 'round my area, though.

iamntbatman 07-13-2010 05:51 AM

Thirding jags! Very cool fish, and you've got the room for it.

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