Considering Stocking Livebearers

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Robjoco, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. Robjoco

    RobjocoValued MemberMember

    What do you do when you want to keep livebearers because they’re pretty and fun and inexpensive, but you don’t want to breed and have to find homes for all the future generations?
     
  2. jaymethy

    jaymethyValued MemberMember

    You get just males or just females! I'd suggest just males because they have much more exciting colouration.
     
  3. lizcateyes

    lizcateyesValued MemberMember

    One option is to only stock males, since the females even if they are separate from males in the store, may have been exposed to males and can produce young several months after being separated from males. Stocking only males is a way to guarantee no unwanted babies, and male livebearers will generally not fight with each other. Another option is to stock fish that will eat the fry.
     
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    Robjoco

    RobjocoValued MemberMember

    I love this! Thank you!
     
  5. Madeline Peterson

    Madeline PetersonValued MemberMember

    Just don't put any hiding places for the fry, and they will get eaten by the adults.
    Alternatively, you could get all males, as has already been suggested. Some female livebearers can store sperm for the rest of their lives.
     
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    Robjoco

    RobjocoValued MemberMember

    Yikes!
     
  7. Hunter1

    Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    If you add females, make it at least a 1m, 2f ratio or the male will constantly chase the female, stressing her.

    My community has 2 male platys, 2 male mollies and 5 guppies 1m, 4 f.

    Need some guppies??
     
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    Robjoco

    RobjocoValued MemberMember

    That’s good info, thanks!
     
  9. Snailwhisperer

    SnailwhispererValued MemberMember

    I second the get males. I got 1 female and now have a whole community. My new plan is to segregate males and females. However, I have the feeling that this will not work.