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rocksout4cheese 11-16-2007 11:59 AM

need a little direction :-)
I have a ten gallon tank I would like to use to breed shrimp or any kind of live food for my oscar and other fish. I'm wondering what would be easiest for me (a beginner) to breed? Are there any good articles that are easy to understand out there that I could read? :D

herefishy 11-16-2007 07:09 PM

Depending on the species of fish you are looking to breed, you can, generally, find answers right here on the forum. Since you intend to use the young as feeders, I would recommend livebearers such as guppies, mollies, swordtails, or platys. Most people who start with these fish will often find themselves in a situation of what to do with all of the fry. This is a good thing if you are using the young as food. Any questions, just ask.

Falina 11-17-2007 07:58 AM

I agree with herefishy. Livebearers would be the easiest for you. Since your tank is so small, I'd go with guppies from the list ehrefishy already gave you. :)

rocksout4cheese 11-17-2007 12:40 PM

so would it be helpful to have an extra smaller tank up and running then? will i need to move the pregnant mama or the babies out of the ten gallon at first? i was going to the store today so i might pick up a 2.5 gallon or 5 gallon or whatever if i'll need one :P

Falina 11-18-2007 07:58 AM

If you heavily plant the tank then a lot of the fry should survive but if not then you would be best to buyb a smaller tank, 5g or something, for the fry to live in until their time comes.

rocksout4cheese 11-18-2007 11:06 AM

hey so i actually found a plastic in-tank breeder thing... don't know if you've ever seen one but it's apparently better than a net breeder because it completely isolates the baby fish from the mother. then when she's done giving birth you can remove her, remove the grate that was between her and the babies, and then the babies have a space to grow until they're big enough to be around the other fish and not get eaten! it's really cool i'm excited to try it out. any tips for when i go to buy the guppies or whatever? should i get guppies?

willow 11-18-2007 03:33 PM

that sounds like the one that i have got :)
i keep my baby corys in(down to one now i killed the others :( )
anyway............guppys.....more females than males,
because the males hound the females to breed all the time,
and i would say the same for plattys aswell.

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