Top Tips For Raising Big, Healthy Fish Fry
Breeding fish is an exciting adventure, but many hobbyists lose passion for breeding when their first spawns do not turn out as well as they expected. Breeding fish well is something that takes time and attention to get right, so I urge you to keep trying, because the rewards of seeing a nice fish that you bred yourself are quite inspiring.
Of course, some types of fish are easier than others to breed. Guppies, for instance, will breed on their own without any input from the owner at all. There isn't all that much of a sense of triumph in breeding something so incredibly easy to breed.
At the other end of the spectrum, there are fish like the Red Tail Shark, a Cyprinid now deemed to be functionally extinct in the wild, it is only bred by specialist breeders with very large tanks. It's almost impossible to breed Red Tail Sharks in the home aquarium. Whilst breeding these fish would be quite a triumph, the likelihood of doing so is also incredibly low.
So before you decide to breed, do your research on the type of fish you would like to breed. I've personally had experience in Angel Fish and Siamese Fighters and I would recommend either to a new breeder as they are both fairly easy to breed, if they are taken care of properly. In this article I will be discussing the breeding of Siamese Fighting Fish directly, so these methods may need to be adapted for the particular type of fish you are breeding, but the basic tenants remain the same.
You might think that your spawning tank doesn't need to be all that big, but experience has taught me that the bigger the spawning tank is, the easier it is to keep clean. Angelfish, which receive a great deal of parental care, need a tank in which two adult angels can comfortably live with their young during the rearing process. Even fighting fish, which are usually reared alone after the 5th day or so after hatching, do well in a large tank with low water level. Moral of the story? Go as big as you comfortably and reasonably can. My current fighter spawn is growing up in a 20 gallon long and is doing very well. The large size of the tank allows me to keep the water level low-ish whilst also performing significant water changes.
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