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Old 07-29-2013, 01:22 PM   #1 
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when do female FISH hit Menopause?

When are fish too old to breed? My fish are still young 3-4 months one might be almost 5 month old. My one female is so ready to breed but I can't start breeding till the end of august because Of a vacation. I don't want to leave fry alone for a week. Last time I did that they died.

So how old till my fish need to be retired?
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:24 PM   #2 
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Lol, I have bred fish that were 18 months old or better. I'm sure they can go past that.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:10 PM   #3 
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There is no set age. If the fish is still active, healthy, and receptive to the male, there really is no reason why you can't breed her. Yes, a young female might be better, but condition her well and it will be fine.

There are myths that breeding an older female will change the male:female ratio but all that is is a myth...
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:55 PM   #4 
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My 3+ year old girl will drop eggs on a dime if she sees a young male she likes :)
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:41 PM   #5 
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ok thanks for clear that up. from what I have been reading I was under the impression that you can only breed young fish.
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:02 PM   #6 
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One of my females was at least two years old when she successfully spawned with a male of the same age. I agree that as long as the female is healthy and interested, there is no reason she can't be used in the spawn tank.
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:59 PM   #7 
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There is no set age. If the fish is still active, healthy, and receptive to the male, there really is no reason why you can't breed her. Yes, a young female might be better, but condition her well and it will be fine.

There are myths that breeding an older female will change the male:female ratio but all that is is a myth...
There may be some truth to that. Female guppies can change the sex ratio depending on whether there are handsome males or ugly males, so a young betta male might be perceived to be more handsome for an older female. I dont know if any scientific studies have been done on it for bettas though so yeah, its still a myth at the moment
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