When you are considering breeding fish, there are many things that you
will need to keep in mind. First, you need to understand that fry, or baby
fish, are very delicate. On account of this, you will need to do a lot of
work to ensure that they are able to survive past the very dangerous first
weeks of life. This is a problem encounters with all breeding programs,
regardless of whether or not you are breeding Discus fish or if you are
trying to breed African Cichlids.
When you are breeding fish, the first thing that you will need to make
certain of is that you have all of the space that is required for the fry.
This can vary, depending on the species of fish that you are attempting to
breed. Betta Splendens, for example, require a ten gallon breeding tank, and
a fifty-five gallon grow out tank. Convict Cichlids, on the other hand, will
breed in the tank that they live in. It won't be until the fry are older
that you will need to remove them.
As there are many different requirements for different fish, the best thing
that you can do when you are wanting to breed fish is to make certain that
you meet the basic requirements for fish life. Breeding fish requires high
quality water, food for the fry, and shelter. Shelter can be in the form of
java moss, or other plants. As some fish require these shelters to spawn, it
is important you research the natural spawning process for the fish you are
planning on breeding.
Once your parent fish have spawned, you will need to maintain high water
quality. This needs to be done through use of sponge filters, as power
filters will kill the fry by sucking them into the filter. By carefully
changing the water every day or two, you can keep the water levels perfect
for sensitive young fry.
Once you have good water quality, breeding fish is primarily a matter of
feeding them the proper food and making certain their environment is stable.
With enough care and patience, you should be able to have the baby fish you
want and be able to enjoy watching them grow up.
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