How To Breed Tropical Fish (Beginner)
Breeding tropical fish, in some cases, is rather easy and stress-free, but most of the time breeding tropical fish is a hard and long process. That is why Fish Assist has composed a easy guide to help you get started and we also offer support via e-mail if needed. Please follow these basic steps to ensure that your breeding process is stress-free:
1. What do I need?
1. What do I need?
- 4 Female : 1 Male (Due to the males' hostility to females in the aquarium, having 4 females to 1 male ensures that the stress isn't heavily concentrated on one female, allowing for a higher breeding success rate)
- Breeding Cage and net (You can usually find these at your local pet supply store. The two items usually range from $5 - $12. Please note that breeding cage is not required but recommended)
- Healthy tropical aquarium (Has been running for 48 hours prior to adding fish, and has a suitable filter and heater)
- Plastic or real plants (Try and pick grasses or plants that reach near the top of your tank as the babies will take refuge there - unless you are using a breeding cage)
2. How long will it take and what do I do once they are born?
Once you add your fish (4:1, and making sure they are the same species) leave about a 4 week period for your fish to become familiar with their new tank. After about two months after adding your fish (this largely depends on the type of fish in your aquarium, this 2 months schedule is based on guppies/platies/goldfish) you should start to see the belly or bellies, of some of your fish, starting to increase; this is normal! When this happens the female(s) should stay pregnant for about a month or two before releasing her young or laying her eggs into the aquarium.
As the young are born the other fish in your aquarium will eat the young unless you placed the female in a breeding cage prior to her giving birth or manage to catch some of the little guys before the other fish do. Leaving the baby fry in the aquarium without any protection will result in a high mortality rate.
Please note that the baby fry must remain in the tank they were born in via baby net. or you can transfer the baby fry to a another aquarium with a suitable filter and heater if you wish.
3. Extra Notes
Please see the next section, how to care for baby fry.
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