How Can I MAKE a breeders box?

Discussion in 'Breeding Fish' started by Molly105, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. Molly105

    Molly105Valued MemberMember

    I don't want to buy one at the store but I need a breeders box to protect my fry? Any ideas? Post step by step pics plz?!
  2. Platylover

    PlatyloverFishlore VIPMember

    I've never done this, but maybes get a soda bottle, cut off the top, put holes in the side(small, make sure they aren't sharp), and use a chip clip to hold it in the tank.
  3. maggie thecat

    maggie thecatWell Known MemberMember

    Do you have a extra large or economy sized net?

    Put it into the tank with the handle sticking over the rim.

    Add a few floating plants.

    Close lid.

    Can't get much easier than that.

    Or: Float a clean plastic storage container in tank.
    Decorate as above.
    Add an airstone set on low to provide circulation.

    Otherwise the net and plastic ones run about 2.50 at Wally World. The materials to DIY would cost more than that.

  4. Lady Monster

    Lady MonsterWell Known MemberMember

    You're better off buying a cheap one. I tried diy one and the holes were sharp it felt like a cheese grater. I bought a netted fry box that floats and it works really well.
  5. Protim Sarkar

    Protim SarkarWell Known MemberMember

    You should buy a breeder box.It just costs a dollar.
  6. Lady Monster

    Lady MonsterWell Known MemberMember

    If you need a temp holding container to keep your fry from being a snack, what i did was used a 1 gallon plastic bowl with an air stone. 100% water change every other day using dechlorinated water. My 1 fry lived there for about 2 weeks before i just bought a cheap little thing that suctions to the inside of the tank.

    When my fry is no longer snack size it will be released into the tank.
  7. chromedome52

    chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    If you wish to raise the fry, you need another tank. Otherwise, just let nature take it's course. Breeder nets/boxes are a poor way to try to raise fry. For a small number of Molly fry, say 10-12, a ten gallon tank is needed for at least the first couple of months, and to get good growth will require a 50% or more water change every 2-3 days. After that they will need more space.

    I have also used plastic storage bins with box or sponge filters, and large (100+) spawns go into wading pools.
  8. OP

    Molly105Valued MemberMember

    Where can I buy one?
  9. Platylover

    PlatyloverFishlore VIPMember

    Which? The breeder you can buy at a fish store/Amazon. I think Amazon more commonly carries the sponge filter than petstores.

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