Breeding Tropical Fish

When Breeding Tropical Fish, it is really important that your fish have the right conditions. If you don't, the outcomes will be sadly disappointing. You might find yourself waiting months or even years with no results or possibly giving up all together on breeding fish! Listed here are three great tips on how to optimize your aquarium conditions and get your fish breeding!

1. Water Chemistry Water ChemistryCredit: cybergibbons of Flickr

It is important to get this right, do your research on the species you intend to breed (try searching the Internet or borrow a book from your local library) and find out what conditions your fish feel at home in. You are looking for information on PH, water hardness and pay attention to what temperature best suits your fish. Some species also benefit from the addition of rainwater to the tank to kick off their breeding instincts! Falling short with the water chemistry will certainly hinder the chances of successfully breeding aquarium fish. You should not make the mistake of ignoring this immensely important tip! 

Cave(86536)Credit: wfpearson of flickr2. Spawning Sites

Almost as critical as water chemistry, a spawning site is where your fish will spawn their young. This is as simple as some caves for a Kribensis or Bristlenose to lay their eggs in or some java moss to hide in for brand new guppie fry. As with tip no #1 doing your research on the particular species of fish you are breeding and creating a suitable spawning site is something you simply cannot ignore. Most egg laying fish will not breed without somewhere to lay and live bearers such as guppies and mollies will eat their own babies if you don't supply them with adequate hiding places.  Another option for fish that give birth to live fry is a livebearer breeding trap.

Live Brine shrimpCredit: sdolgin of Flickr3. Live Food 

Last but not least, when breeding Tropical fish you must be certain and feed your parents-to-be plenty of live food, Live foods are particularly beneficial when conditioning them for breeding. They are high in nutritional value and essential vitamins and minerals. Some of my favorite live foods include: 

  • Earthworms 
  • Mosquito larvae
  • Black worms
  • Brine Shrimp
  • Daphnia
  •  Fruit Flies
  • Vinegar Eels

 A diet rich in live food will certainly encourage breeding in practically all fish species. 

As I mentioned at the start, in the case of breeding tropical fish, you definitely want to make sure you don't make mistakes that will result in your fish failing to breed due to conditions you can easily change. What you want is happy, healthy, comfortable fish just itching to continue their gene pool, and you will achieve that by following the simples steps above.

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