I have been thinking about breeding for a very long time and I think that I am going to do it. I've been wanting to do it for a very long time so I am very excited about finally being able to do it. I have read everything there was on the Breeding sticky and it was wonderful information although there are some questions I still have. I have also watched several YouTube videos on spawning and culturing microworms (as well as hatching brine shrimp). I have Indian Almond Leaves ordered and I will order a microworm culture this week or next.
Here is my plan and please correct me or give me any advice you have based on experience .
I will have a 10 gallon tank filled up part way with a heater and sponge filter set up. Question: could I put plants in it?. It will have a hiding spot for my girl as well. I will introduce them for 2 hours or so for 2 weeks prior to spawning and increase the viewing time the second week. Question: should I put my male in the new 10 gallon tank so he can build his bubble nest?. I have a breeders net I was planning on using. They will be fed frozen brine shrimp (they love those things). Hopefully my pair will work and if they do yay! if not... darn. Once they do their thing and all is done I will remove the female and leave the male behind to be a daddy. I've read that I shouldnt feed him at this time, what do you think? when the fry are free swimming it's time to take daddy out and start feeding the fry. I will probably alternate between BBS and MW. When should I start adding more water into the tank? I've read to separate the males once they start fighting with each other or at least separate the aggressive fry. Is this a good idea? If I were to separate them I was told that it's good to exercise them with a mirror so that they grow better, is this true?
I understand that I might have to cull some of them so I wanted to ask you fellow breeders out there how you do it?
I'm first going to try to find them a home but I understand some fry need to be culled. What sort of signs should I look for that say Hey you should unfortunately cull that poor thing or it'll suffer.
Why do you as a breeder cull and how do you do it?
I hope these questions make sense
Please feel free to share with me your experience with your first spawn and how you've improved or things that may help me along the way.
Thank you everyone!