Tips On Breeding Tropical FishBy Tim Lee
If you are looking for tips on breeding tropical fish, you must first decide what type of tropical fish you wish to breed. Some tropical fish are live bearers, which means they give birth to live minnow babies. The other type are egg bearers, which means the mother lays eggs and the minnow babies hatch from the eggs.
Most sources that provide tips on breeding tropical fish suggest that live bearers are the better place to start, especially for beginners who have limited to no previous breeding experience. Beginner breeders should hone their skills using any of three live bearer fish types, which are the three of the easiest to breed: mollies, guppies or platys.
One of the first, and perhaps most important, tips on breeding tropical fish that bear live young is to keep the baby fish, called fry, away from the rest of your community tank. Adult fish consider fry to be excellent food, so if you don't keep them separated, your breeding efforts will be sacrificed to the appetites and instincts of the rest of your fish. In fact, even the fry's own parents enjoy eating them.
Your best bet to avoid this fate is to use a separate breeding tank, with heavy foliage to provide cover for the fry. Once the mother has given birth, she can be returned to the main tank, which the young fry can grow in comparative safety.
Water temperature and tank size are both very important when it comes to tips on breeding tropical fish. Each different breed of fish has a different optimal breeding temperature, so first determine that. Fish will breed when the water temperature signals to them that it is breeding season. If you maintain this optimal temperature, the male and female fish will be more likely to breed. As a general rule, larger tanks tend to produce larger numbers of fry in one birth as well.
These tips on breeding tropical fish are but the tip of the iceberg. If you are serious about breeding, seeking the advice of an experienced breeder and relevant literature is always advisable.
For more tips on breeding tropical fish, please visit http://www.breeding-tropical-fish.com
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/
Articles Index / Spawning And Fry Care Index
Site Index / Articles Index / Product Reviews
Cash Us On:
All Articles Index
Barbs, Tetras And Minnows
Catfish and Loaches
Goldfish, Ponds And
Killifish Species Profiles
Native USA Fish
Saltwater And Marine
Foods And Feeding
Diseases And Fish Health
Spawning And Fry Care
Fishy Fun Stuff
Do It Yourself
How To Guides
Products And Services Reviews
Our Free Ebooks
Conversions Volume Calculator
Aquarium Measurements And pH Scales
The Ultimate Aquarium Calculator
Design Your Aquarium
Link to PetFish.net
© Since 1996, PetFish.Net All Rights Reserved
All content is copyright by petfish.net and/or the named author and may not be used without written permission.
Privacy Statement - Contact Us - About US - Links - Site Map
Sponsored In Part By