Breeder Box or Breeder Net
5 or 10 gallon aquarium for the baby fish or a tank divider which you can use for your main tank.
A pair - one female and 1 male
Two of the popular tropical fish for newbies has to be Guppies and Swordtails. Guppies and Swordtails are livebearers meaning their babies emerge swimming. Like the majority of livebearers, there is not much to getting your guppies or swordtail to reproduce. Assuming you have a male and a female then you'll at some point have a pregnant female. The gestation period for livebearers is usually twenty eight days but can vary from 20 to 40 days.
Put the female and male in the same container together and they'll soon mate. You may be asking, how do i tell if the female is actually pregnant? Whenever a female guppy is pregnant she will produce a dark triangular shaped gravid spot in the vicinity of her anal vent. This will likely get larger and darker as the pregnancy advances. When you are waiting for the female to develop the fry it's time to make sure you are prepared for the delivery. We use plastic breeder boxes and are generally without any problems. A breeder box is really a small box plastic box about 4 inches long by 3 inches wide and 4 inches deep. There's a removable "V" shaped trap in it which serves to split up mom from the babies. When the mother fish has babies they fall through the slot within the "V" into the bottom of the box. After the mother is finished having children, you can take away the "V" trap so that the babies have more room to grow. Many people have experienced bad experiences with breeder boxes and now only work with a breeding net. It is additionally a smart idea to purchase some real or plastic breeding grass for the top of the aquarium. The breeding grass is in case the mother gives birth before you've got a chance to put her within the breeder box. The young babies intuitively will swim to the top of the aquarium tank and the breeder grass supplies a very good hiding spot to make sure they will not get swallowed by the larger fish inside your aquarium.
To nourish your new arrivals you may use finely crushed flake food. Making use of your fingers, you can rub the flakes into a fine powder. Some only feed live foods like baby brine shrimp. Live foods would certainly be the best way to go, however for many this is just not probable. Crushed or powdered flake food will adequate. Try to feed the babies 3 really small meals each day. You'll almost always feed too much and the extra food will fall to the bottom of the tank or breeder box. To clean a breeder box we like to take a three ft. length of aquarium tubing and a small bucket. Use the tubing as a siphon to clean the bottom of the breeder box. Be careful not to siphon any baby fish! Watching fish from the ease of your own pc monitor can be as easy as downloading these free moving screensavers!
Try to perform 25% water changes weekly for your baby guppies. This will aid in the optimal growth of your baby tropical fish. After a few weeks in the breeder box your babies will quickly grow out of their house and you will need to move them either to a new container or your main tank which has a divider installed. By 2 months old your baby fish will in all probability be able to go back to the primary tank without having a divider panel. However, it depends on the size of the other inhabitants inside your fish tank. Use your best judgement previous to releasing them into your main tank.
Regardless if you are going for that one kind of strain or if you simply find small fry swimming in the surface of your fish tank one day after work, please be responsible with your fish. If you have a lot more than you can accomodate you can look at trading them or maybe even selling them to a nearby fish store in your area. Speak to your local pet stores beforehand to determine if you can work out some kind of arrangement. You can also use this opportunity to get your close friends interested in fish.
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