breeding neon tetras

Discussion in 'Neon Tetra' started by orangedude8, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. orangedude8

    orangedude8Valued MemberMember

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    i have a 40L tank to spare that has been fully cycled, but I'm looking within a month or two, to attempt to breed neon tetras. i currently have 11 of them and can notice at least 4 females and the majority male. just seeking some advice on some important factors i may consider and also to any of those who have done it before, how many eggs do you get and survival rate etc.
    in the tank i have a log, a tunnel and a whole load of overgrown weeds.
    much appreciated, Marc.
     
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    JoshMWell Known MemberMember

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    Just to let you know, breeding neon tetras can be very difficult.
     
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    orangedude8Valued MemberMember

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    yeh so ive heard, but whats the point in keeping fish as a hobby and not testing yourself? im going to feed them bloodworm and daphnia for 2 weeks so they are full of rich minerals and nutrients! after this im going to select a matching pair and put them into my 40L tank. im going to leave the water for a month then once the fish are in im going to do a 50% water change. cover the tank so that light cant get in, as for the eggs are really sensitive. and over the following week or two slowly allow small amounts of lighting into the aquarium at a time. fingers crossed things go to plan, but obviously there will be a problem some were in there, there always is!
     
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    Go for it. Set up breeding mops and keep very dark. Peat will help.
    Fry won't survive with light, must be dark.
     
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    How do you determine sex in neon tetras? They all look the same to me. And will they breed in a community tank?
     
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    Supposedly you can tell by the 'shape' of their line. The females' line looks crooked when she is fat with eggs. That's basically an educated guess, there's really no tried and true way to sex them.
     
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