Help Please, Want To Breed Fish

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I have had fish for over four years and I am now fourteen. I am looking to start breeding fish for profit. I have lots of LFS near me. Could you please help me? I have access to 100 pounds as I live in the UK and want to fund my hobby.
All help appreciated.
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What do you plan to breed?
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What kind of help are you looking for? What to breed? If that's the case, your best bet is to as your LFSs' near you what type of fish they want.
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You may get lucky breeding something kind of unusual but honestly breeding to make a profit when your competing against fish farms is tough. When I bred fish I think it cost me money but it was fun.
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I was thinking about breeding a special pure strain of guppy. But don't really know what to breed or in what
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If I had more time on my hands, I would try to breed feeder fish like guppies for example. Then I would make sure that they are bred in the most pristine water conditions, fed with top quality food, and above all does not carry any form of parasites or diseases (like most feeder goldfish do). I believe that the selling point of feeder fish would be that they are healthy fish that can be fed to predatory fish without fear of causing the consumer's fish to get sick. Hope this sparked some ideas!
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If you like a challenge you could look into being the one that breaks through fish that are only wild caught. Remember at one point discus were thought to be imposable to breed. (showing my age)
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I accidentally bred some betta imbellis a while back, and if I can get all the fry to live, I stand to make a decent amount of money (30ish fry (idk how many) for $25-35 each, live food for them only cost me $30ish).
If you're going for guppies, a few strains have recently popped up in which the females have a ton of color on them. I'd definitely pick one of those strains, I believe Guppy Train has a few. They've got lots of gorgeous ones
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If you plan to ship and sell online pick a popular fish that you think you could breed very well, with the intent to make them better.
If you are going to sell to the LFS ask them what to breed that they would buy back.
Almost all fish take 3-4 months to become sellable size unless highly desirable. So count on having time to improve the fish if you know how.
I love breeding fish. Not accidentally but with effort put into it .
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I'm 14 too. I've had tons of success with shrimp. I have ten gallon tanks specifically for them to breed, and it's been great. There's always business. However, I don't usually sell locally. They can sell for much more on eBay if you're willing to ship.
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How does a ten or a twenty gallon sound with red cherry shrimp some plants I already have and will root from cutting that will root java moss and a breeding group of some special guppies
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How does a ten or a twenty gallon sound with red cherry shrimp some plants I already have and will root from cutting that will root java moss and a breeding group of some special guppies
From my experience with shrimp and platies (another type of livebearer) in a ten gallon, it didn't work too well because the fish were picking at and eating the fish. I finally sold off the rest of the platies.
Where do you plan to get your guppies? You have to be sure that they're a good strain otherwise no one will be interested in them for profit.
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How does a ten or a twenty gallon sound with red cherry shrimp some plants I already have and will root from cutting that will root java moss and a breeding group of some special guppies

If you plan on shrimps, I wouldn't get reds.
While reds are the most common, they aren't the most sought after.
Cherry shrimp come in every color under the sun!
Blue, green, purple, yellow, even dark brown and black.
I would start with one of those first.
Aquatic arts has shrimp technically cheaper than instore, and they're decentish quality from what I've seen.
At least a few of my yellows were really good quality.
Blues are fun to breed because of all the shades of blue.
There's one blue dream who is an electric color, I plan to pick that one up, set up a blue shrimp bowl, and see what kind if babies we can get, if any.

In my stores all cherries are 5-6.99
With Aquaticarts you can buy 10 shrimp, hopefully get sent more than 10, and it will be about $52 I believe.
I was sent 14 shrimp from them.
A few died, but I believe this was my fault as shrimp are very fragile.
The blues I bought have been doing really well and are awesome quality.

A good thing to remember is, you will eventually need to buy more of what you're breeding.
You have to get new DNA added to your strain on occasion otherwise you'll get imperfect inbred creatures who aren't worth jack cheese.
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Do you now any UK stores as I live there

I was thinking about getting guppies either from guppy train or dumbo mosaics from ebay.

How does a twenty gallon sound like with a breeding group of guppies plants I plan on selling and some ramshorn snails that are in high demand near me.
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Do you now any UK stores as I live there

This person seems to be a decent seller for shrimps.
Their photos are all very nice, and they have mostly good reviews, though some negative.
Not sure why, I didn't look into the reviews, just the products.

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If you're going with guppies, I would definitely check with your LFSs to see if they would want to buy them (show them the potential strains you're considering), how much they'll pay, and how many they'll buy (be sure to clarify if this will be an ongoing agreement or just a one time purchase). While certain strains may be in demand for serious hobbyists, those buyers only make up a small fraction of a store's business. The sad fact is that an LFS can get cheaper, more common strains from commercial breeding operations that will keep most of their customers just as happy. This is not to say that your fish won't have value, but you need to identify if there's a demand for them before you start breeding. Otherwise you'll be left with a ton of guppies on your hands and a loss of money.

If you've already identified a market demand for ramshorns, that might be a better bet if your primary goal is to make a profit. Unfortunately since guppies breed so easily, the market gets flooded with "accidental" fry and lowers the value of guppies in all but a very specific market (which you'll need to be willing to ship to reach, as well as needing exceptional stock to begin with). I'm not trying to dissuade you from attempting to breed, but just please do your research of your local market and its demands or you will end up disappointed and out of money.

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