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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-16-2018, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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What do breed?

I recently had my first experience with spawning bettas and am now in a process of rearing the fry. I must say it's awesome to have something productive to do, being a housewife and all, something to be proud of and to give me a sense of accomplishment and all that.
I figured, why not go a step further and breed more creatures I could actually sell and was thinking of live food, like daphnia and fry foods, and also snails!
Maybe some cold water fish too but would rather start slow and smart.
Only thing is, I'm not really sure what to go for, what sells and what's popular.

I know there's not a ton of money in it but I'm really just looking not to loose money and maybe make some to buy fish food conditioner or something.

I already have a nice daphnia culture, some fry foods and nice colony of ramshorns :pink, red and brown. Even saw a spotted one.

What do you guys think? Should I go for it? Is there a nice snail or an easy fish that is always a demand for?
I have time and room to do it.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Breeding for profit is extremely difficult because there's always a company or someone else out there that is breeding these fish in mass quantities and can sell them for lower prices. If you just want to breed enough fish to help cover some of the expenses of the hobby, guppies are probably the best because due to how the fry practically raise themselves, even then, the profit isn't much when considering electric cost, food cost, water treatment cost/etc.

Selling live foods seems to be a bit more profitable for the amount of work you will need to do because raising these cultures cost close to nothing and require little work and maintenance and can sell for anywhere between 5-10$ depending on the size of these cultures. (white worms, grindal worms, daphnia, copepods(scuds), microworms, vinegar eels, etc.) Also, you will now have a wide variety of live foods to feed your own fish.
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That's true, I will have food for my fish and can sell the surplus =)
Also thinking about getting some "rare" blue ramshorns for myself and maybe breed some of those =) I don't thing I could risk setting up a fish breeding project, it's too risky and I don't sleep on piles of money.
Also, I would not want to breed fish that I don't actually like myself and I'm a huge fan of dwarf cichlids and not interested in guppies at all, livebreeders in general.


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