How Do I Avoid Breeding Fish...?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by CPARKTX, Jul 19, 2017.

  1. CPARKTXValued MemberMember

    I really don't want to deal with fry. What is a natural way to avoid having egg hatch, are there fish I can add that will eat fish eggs so I don't end up with fry?

    I'm planning all non-live-bearers, and looking at fish like harlequin rapbora, cherry barbs, etc., which I understand will lay eggs readily.
  2. Cheesearmada

    CheesearmadaValued MemberMember

    You can't really prevent a fish from laying eggs. I would just introduce some bottom feeders that could eat the eggs as soon as they fall to the bottom.
  3. clk89

    clk89Fishlore VIPMember

    Get fish that don't breed in aquariums or do so very rarely.

  4. Piaelliott

    PiaelliottWell Known MemberMember

    It is rare to have fry in a community tank. Don't get any fish that show parental care (cichlids e.g.) or killifish and you should be fine.
  5. OP

    CPARKTXValued MemberMember

    Would Corys or shrimp eat eggs?
  6. KaderTheAnt

    KaderTheAntWell Known MemberMember

    Corys have been know to eat eggs. Not so much the shrimp. I've also heard loaches are know for eating eggs
  7. shiv234

    shiv234Well Known MemberMember

    You can get all males
  8. California L33

    California L33Well Known MemberMember

    Whatever you do don't play any Barry White when the tank lights are off :cool:
  9. KaderTheAnt

    KaderTheAntWell Known MemberMember

    I was thinking that same thing but the fish he named are a bit hard to sex
  10. shiv234

    shiv234Well Known MemberMember

    well then...we got a dilema
  11. DuaneV

    DuaneVWell Known MemberMember

    Just don't worry about the fry. Let the other fish eat them. IF you get fry you don't want most pet shops will take them off your hands.

    However, Ive had tanks my whole life. Fish breeding isn't really as easy as youd think. Some fish like guppies and mollies will have fry like crazy, but for other fish they need perfect conditions. Community tanks aren't perfect conditions.

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