Looking for an easy fish to reproduce

darkwolf29a
  • #1
Yes, I want babies, but not so many as convicts. I purchasing two more chaca chaca catfish, and they are carnivores. So, if I can find something easy to breed....I'm up for trying it.

Guppies don't do well, or the fancy ones anyways, in the hard water we have up here in Green Bay, but I'm open to trying anything that might work.

I've heard Platties are easy too, but I've never had any. I do have access to lots of plants, if that makes a difference to your suggestion. I'm planning on getting more this weekend, during my aquarium club's Spring Auction, and I have a 5 gallon plant tank now, which will be doubled in size.

So...planted or not, doesn't matter. I'd like the size of the tank to stay under 20 gallons.

Any suggestions are welcomed. Thanks
 
Allie
  • #2
Find a pair of kribs or dwarf south American cichlids. Convicts breed too much and get nasty compared to most other fish.
 
Blub
  • #3
Hi!

Any livebearers really. I know Dave breeds Endeler's - so you can ask him about rearing Livebearer fry.

 
Barbrella
  • #4
Small, hardy .easy and breeds constantly - I think platies are the best choice.
 
SereneReyn
  • #5
I know many people who've gotten a bit overwhelmed with the breeding habits of platies/mollies... I think it's great if you're up for it, but be careful! soon you'll wind up with a half-dozen tanks and no where to put your next batch of babies. good luck!
 
Barbrella
  • #6
soon you'll wind up with a half-dozen tanks and no where to put your next batch of babies. good luck!

I think he wants the fry to feed to his catfish.
 
angelfish220
  • #7
I don't know if I just have very prolific zebra danios or it they are all like this but my zebra danios breed just as much as my guppies, and their fry tends to grow faster.
 
COBettaCouple
  • #8
Would they eat things like Daphia, Banana worms, Brine Shrimp? Daphina and Banana worms especially could be setup as a sustinable culture that would just keep generating food as long as you kept the conditions right. That's small food though and those cats get big enough that I'm not sure they'd want food that small.

It may be worth considering an earthworm 'farm' even. Something like that, if it works, could be less time and effort than maintaining a tank of fish.
 
Barbrella
  • #9
I'm not sure they'd want food that small

Have you seen the size of their mouths? Live fish are their natural prey and most won't eat anything that's not alive.
 
joshthefisherman
  • #10
danios would be one of my suggestions they are considerd easy breeders id try any livebearer as well I have an oscar and I plan on just breeding guppys also you could use comet goldfish
 
Barbrella
  • #11
Comet goldfish are kept in very overcrowded and unhealthy conditions in petstores. I don't recommend using them to feed fish as you may be introducing disease and parasites into your tank.

For Oscars, there are many more healthful options: Krill, cichlid pellets, fresh pieces of fish, small shrimps sold for human consumption etc.
 
COBettaCouple
  • #12
All of those foods are alive.
Have you seen the size of their mouths? Live fish are their natural prey and most won't eat anything that's not alive.
 
Barbrella
  • #13
All of those foods are alive.

Right, but I doubt that these guys, who can swallow fish up to half their own size, would be interested in such miniscule prey. Even my bettas turn up their cute little noses at daphnia.

I guess earthworms could be an option.
 
COBettaCouple
  • #14
Yea, think of the fish poo to vacuum up in that tank.
 
angelfish220
  • #15
Holy Cow!! I just looked that thing up online and its HUGE!! you forget zebra danios I would recommend buying tad poles and raising them to grown frogs and feed them to the fish!
 

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