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cichlidfan45 10-09-2010 10:01 PM

Feeder tank breeding
Hi i have a 55gal wit SA cichlids that love feeders, i know that it is risky cuz of parasites, i want to start a tank for breeding my own feeders so i dont have to worry about parasites, what are good fish to breed as feeders and what size tank do i need for this and other appliances that i might need besides a filter and other essentials.

kitten_penang 10-09-2010 10:45 PM

wild guppies are the easiest to breed

badxgillen 10-10-2010 12:25 AM

a ten gallon some java moss,sponge filter, and preferably breeder cages or nets..regular water changes..good to go...

cichlidfan45 10-10-2010 12:37 AM

thanks, what are breeding cages and how do they work? and any other advice/info, how do i get them to breed and what not?

1077 10-10-2010 01:05 AM

Be careful with offering feeder fish. Often fish will refuse more healthy prepared foods once feeder fish make the menu.
Compared to the wide variety of commercial foods offered today and the vitamins/minerals contained therein,, Feeders provide little benefit other than tthe apparent enjoyment that some folks receive in offering them.
Once a week or two offering of feeders (not the spawn from first group), would prolly cause no harm, but any more often,,and as mentioned some fishes will refuse other more healthy foods. IMHO

kitten_penang 10-10-2010 01:52 AM

just like dogs.once they get meat it's out with the kibbles

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