Thinking about breeding African cichlids/Victorian Haps

Discussion in 'Breeding Fish' started by Dom90, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    So as some of you know, had to get the wife's approval to do this. But I finally got the green light so it's time!

    Just need some pointers and advice.
    What would be an ideal cichlid to breed? ( Looking for something sort of rare that I could possibly make some side money off). With this in mind, what tank size should I get and how many specimens to start out with. I know what venting is, sort of.


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  2. Geoff

    GeoffWell Known MemberMember

    I know nothing about this, but good luck!
     
  3. OP
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    Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Haha it's ok, maybe Anders247 knows something!


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  4. Geoff

    GeoffWell Known MemberMember

    Oh I bet he does! The better question is, what doesn't he know?!
     
  5. slayer5590

    slayer5590Well Known MemberMember

    You will need at least a 55 gallon tank as I wouldn't put them in anything less than a 4' tank. A male to female ratio of 1:4 as male Vics can be hard on females.
     




  6. OP
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    Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    What are the tank dimensions of the 40g for sale right now at Petco?


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  7. slayer5590

    slayer5590Well Known MemberMember

    36x18
     
  8. OP
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    Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Here I was hoping it was a 40 long on sale...


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  9. Thai Aquarium ownerWell Known MemberMember

    if you are trying to breed any fish for a sale / profit, you will have to start with the very best stock fish available, especially if you try to breed a rare species.
    IE,. Wild caught specimens, or F1 fish. Buyers will only buy certified stock from you, so you will need species specific tanks for this purpose.
    Nothing smaller than a 50 Gallon tank will surfice for the breeding fish, and a ratio of 2 males to 3 /4 females, is my recommendation.
     
  10. OP
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    Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Never mind, the 40B actually has a bigger footprint than a 40L or even 55!


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  11. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    The rock kribs are easiest to breed...... mine are right now. And yes, follow slayer5590's advice.
     
  12. OP
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    Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Anders, you're up late!
     
  13. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Yeah, just came back from an awful Red Sox game.....
     
  14. OP
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    Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Lol... the footprint of a 40 Breeder is bigger than a 55 gallon... and its $15 cheaper at the DPG sale..
     
  15. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Yeah, that's a good deal....
     
  16. OP
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    Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    So I should go with the bigger footprint when it comes to African cichlids right?
     
  17. Anders247

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

  18. OP
    OP
    Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Cool, telling the wife that I'm buying a 40B sounds a lot better than a 55 lol.


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  19. LeoDiaz

    LeoDiazFishlore VIPMember

    Mbunas breed easily and sell like hot cakes u need a tank 48inches big.
     
  20. OP
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    Dom90

    Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    I want a single species of mbuna. One that's relatively rare but would be pretty easy to sell.


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