Fish: Male or Female? Or both?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Fighter56AndHisBrother, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Fighter56AndHisBrother

    Fighter56AndHisBrotherNew MemberMember

    I'm looking to buy fish in the near future and I would like some advice on males and females and which is better for an aquarium. I'm not planning on buying a whole lot of fish, but basically, I would like some advice on male and female fish.

  2. e_watson09

    e_watson09Well Known MemberMember

    What types of fish, what size tank, are you hoping they will breed?
  3. OP

    Fighter56AndHisBrotherNew MemberMember

    I'll be looking for a smaller tank; ten to twenty gallons. I'm not sure about types of fish, but I'm open to suggestions. I'm not sure if I want them to breed or not. I've had a bad experience in the past with breeding. However, basically, I'm wondering, if you don't breed, if it is better to buy all male or all female.
  4. Squirrelmanajh

    SquirrelmanajhValued MemberMember

    well 10 or 20 is a big difference so you're gonna need to decide before fish types can be suggested. And as long as you don't get livebearers (Platys, Mollies, Guppies) breeding shouldn't be a huge problem.
  5. Cichlidnut

    CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    Unless you're getting livebearers, the sex of the fish usually doesn't matter.
  6. jbdub

    jbdubValued MemberMember

    Sometimes the species can have an impact as well. I'd say maybe have a look at some fish species and then when you have a better idea of what you want you can ask again.

    Its ok to keep certain fish in male and female groups because some types dont really breed in aquarium environments.
  7. OP

    Fighter56AndHisBrotherNew MemberMember

    Thanks a lot friends, you have all been a great help and have boasted my confidence tremendously. :;scuba
  8. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    there's a big difference between a 10 and a 20.