I guess maybe I'm not asking the question right, since keeping adults and fry together was never
my intention. I guess I'll ask the question differently. I think that I have my answer now, but I'll ask again, since apparently I'm not really asking it right. Sorry if I confused you Matt.
I will only be breeding one pair at a time. I will grow out the same pair's fry and sell them all before breeding my next pair. With that being said:
Is it acceptable to use a 20 gallon to breed with and then raise fry in? This would eliminate the need for using multiple tanks.
I would start with a lower water level for the breeding (as usual) and remove the female when done. Once the fry are free swimming, I plan to add more water and continue raising the water level to accommodate the demands of the fry. Also, I will also be removing the male and putting him back in whatever tank was originally his. The males from the spawn (once old enough to differentiate between male and female) will be housed in separate container from all of the females.
Since the tank would not be cycled, would multiple tank cleanings be an acceptable alternative to a pre-cycled grow-out tank?
If none of this is feasible, then I will simply purchase a tub from Walmart. Though I would find it beneficial to not spend money on something that I can work around, if able to.