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Humid fish breeding for beginners - guppies and swordtails - pets

 

Breeding stifling fish can be a lot of fun. Try your luck at breeding livebearers such as guppies or swordtails.

Equipment Needed:
Breeder Box or Breeder Net
Breeding Grass
5 or 10 gallon tank for the baby fish or a tank screen that you can use for your main tank.
A pair - 1 female and 1 male, 2 females to 1 male works even better

Two of the more admired stifling fish for beginners has to be Guppies and Swordtails. Guppies and Swordtails are livebearers which means that their babies come out swimming. Like most livebearers, there is not much to being paid your guppies or swordtails to breed. If you have a male and a female then you will in due course have a pregnant female. The development cycle for livebearers is by and large 28 days but can range from 20 to 40 days.

Place the male and female in the same tank as one and they will soon mate. You are in all probability asking, how can I tell when the female is pregnant? When a female guppy is pregnant she will arise a dark triangular shaped gravid spot near her anal vent. This will get better and darker as the pregnancy progresses. While you are coming up on the female to build the babies it's time to make sure you are geared up for the delivery. We use fake breeder boxes and all the time have exclusive of any problems. A breeder box is a small box forced box about 4 inches long by 3 inches wide and 4 inches deep.

There is a detachable "V" shaped trap in it which serves to break the nurse from the babies. When the care for fish has babies they fall because of the slot in the "V" into the bed of the box. After the look after is completed having babies, you can amputate the "V" trap and the nurse so that they babies have more room to grow. Some colonize have had bad experiences with breeder boxes and now only use a breeder net. It is also a good idea to buy some real or artificial breeding grass for the top of the aquarium. The breeding grass is just in case the nurse gives birth already you have a attempt to put her in the breeder box. The young babies intuitively will swim to the top of the aquarium and the breeder grass provides a great beating place so they won't get eaten by the larger fish in your tank.

To feed your new arrivals you can use delicately crushed flake food. Using your fingers, you can rub the flakes into a fine powder. Some only feed live foods such as baby brine shrimp. Live foods would beyond doubt be the best way to go, but for most this is easily not feasible. Crushed or minced flake food will suffice. Try to feed the babies 3 very small meals per day. You will consistently feed too much and the extra food will drop to the foot of the tank or breeder box. To clean a breeder box we like to take a 3 ft. duration of aquarium tubing and a small bucket. Use the tubing as a drain off to clean the foot of the breeder box. Be alert not to tap any baby fish.

Try to act upon 25% water changes weekly for your baby guppies. This will aid in the optimal development of your baby stifling fish. After a few weeks in the breeder box your new babies will soon outgrow their home and you will need to move them both to a new tank or your main tank with a barrier installed. By 8 weeks old your baby fish will most possible be able to arrival to the main tank exclusive of a divider.

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Mike is an editor at FishLore. com. Considered for beginners, FishLore. com provides stifling fish information, how-to guides, articles, fish profiles, FAQs, forums and more! FishLore. com - Humid Fish & Aquarium Information


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