How Do I Avoid Breeding Fish...?

  1. C

    CPARKTX Valued Member Member

    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

    Cheesearmada Valued Member Member

    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

    clk89 Fishlore VIP Member

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

  4. Piaelliott

    Piaelliott Well Known Member Member

    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

    CPARKTX Valued Member Member

    Would Corys or shrimp eat eggs?
  6. KaderTheAnt

    KaderTheAnt Well Known Member Member

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

    shiv234 Well Known Member Member

    You can get all males
  8. California L33

    California L33 Well Known Member Member

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

    KaderTheAnt Well Known Member Member

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

    shiv234 Well Known Member Member

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

    DuaneV Well Known Member Member

    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.