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Old 01-02-2013, 05:27 PM   #1 
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breeding live bearers,what types best

im thinking about setting up a 10 gallon,maybe a 15 gallon max for breeding some live bearing fish..

im not quite familiar with the different types of live bearers. the tank will have sand and be planted with filter and heater..

i wont be putting any salt into the tank,it will be freshwater..

whats my options for some nice pretty live bearers that will breed without me doing too much intervention or investing in multiple fry growing tanks and extra equipment???

if some fry get eaten so be it,ill provide plenty of moss and caves and places for fry to hide from adults,hopefully a couple fry from each spawn will make it to adulthood if they can hide good enough

ive been lookin at different colours of guppies but im not sure if id go for guppies,what else is there??
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:12 PM   #2 
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Endlers, mollys, guppies, platy's...I'm sure there are more but those are the most common.

I really like platy's and mollys, all of them breed like rabbits though.
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:43 PM   #3 
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Endlers are fun and are pretty darn small, you could have a nice sized colony in a 10 or 15 gallon. As Aemaki said, they all breed like rabbits - even if your adults eat the vast majority of the fry, you'll probably have lots of babies in a relatively short amount of time. lol May not hurt to have a plan of what to do with the little ones if you end up with a population boom.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:44 AM   #4 
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well i had really good luck with my guppies and platies so far
mollies take salt, i read it in a book on mollies
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:01 AM   #5 
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I have bred platies multiple times, they are really easy. With all livebearers you need a 2:1 ratio (2 females to every 1 male) so the females aren't being harrassed too much.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:03 PM   #6 
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For some reason I'm defunct and can't get my platies to breed, but our guppies have taken "be fruitful and multiply" WAY too seriously... and they don't breed like rabbits, they put those rabbits to SHAME! lol
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:06 PM   #7 
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I had some mollies that I TRIED to breed a while ago, apparently my tank didnt have enough hiding spots though because I'd always wake up to a thin tummy on mom and no babies in left my tank lol
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I think my frogs cleared out all the platy babies I had originally... And, I think my male just died... :(
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:29 PM   #9 
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our guppies have taken "be fruitful and multiply" WAY too seriously... and they don't breed like rabbits, they put those rabbits to SHAME! lol
YES! Mine too! I swear, I get 8-10 new babies nearly every week from my three young females. It's almost not fair to compare them to rabbits
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:39 PM   #10 
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When I had guppies I started with 2 I was...oh maybe 10. Within the end of the month I had perhaps far over 50, end of the year i had 4 tanks. xD Guppies populate like crazy to the point i sadly had to be constantly selling them to friends as fish food.
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