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Re: Breeding Tropical Fish In Kiddie Pools-Again
Have you considered trying breeding them in a tank and moving week old fry? This is how the big farms do it in Florida. Of course they do so on a much larger scale, but hey never hurts to give it a shot.
I can tell you if you have a large enough container prepped correctly you can just toss in some corys and many will survive their parents egg dinning ways. For my egg layers, barbs and gourami, I'll be spawning the adults in an outdoor aquarium then transferring to a stock tank or kiddie pool.
For the barbs I'll be using some med weight plastic mesh held about an inch off the bottom of the tank. I'll condition the parents in separate tanks and move them into the spawning tank outside just to spawn. Once the fry are free swimming for 5-7 days they will be transferred to one of the pools. I'll give them a few weeks alone before they are joined by brooder livebearers in cages made of PVC frames and the same mesh material. That should give them a few weeks to grow without becoming a snack.
The gouramis I plan to spawn them the same way only no need for a false bottom. Once the fry are 10-15 days free swimming out they will go to a stock vat as I'll be covering them at night to keep the air temp close to the water temp. Here again, after they are 60 days old, maybe less depending on growth rate, they will be joined by livebearers.
The three stock tanks are 110gal and cost about $70 ea. The pools will be two 8"x8"x14'(P2-Model) one 6"x6"x12' (P1 Model) and one 110'x72'x16' (P2 Model). I have two 40gal brooder tanks and two 20H tanks to set up as well.
Question, in your opinion would you breed cherry, gold or rosy barbs? On gouramis, would you breed pearls or some sort of dwarf?