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PostSubject: barb breeder   barb breeder Icon_minitime11/29/2011, 10:45 pm

how would i transform a 1 g into a cherry barb breeder/fry nursery


do i need a bigger breeding tank they will be in it a week at max
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PostSubject: Re: barb breeder   barb breeder Icon_minitime11/30/2011, 1:30 am

well since they are egg scatterers i would envision lots of java moss. although you said you have lots of camboba. perhaps will substitute well enough.

but i really dont know anything about egg scatters.

perhaps this link will help http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/barbs/breedingcherry.php
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PostSubject: Re: barb breeder   barb breeder Icon_minitime11/30/2011, 9:13 am

thanks, would adding a airstone help, and could i use marbels to save fry?
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PostSubject: Re: barb breeder   barb breeder Icon_minitime11/30/2011, 10:20 am

that seems to be the method folks use; marbles.

but ive no experience, the only things that bred in my tanks are livebearers, dwarf cichlids, and marbled crayfish. no challenge to that. lol

but good luck on your cherry barbs
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PostSubject: Re: barb breeder   barb breeder Icon_minitime11/30/2011, 2:01 pm

1g might be a little small, but it might work. Including java moss or marbles will definitely help to prevent the adults from eating the eggs. Having the airstone will also help move oxygen over the eggs and prevent fungus.

Keep an eye on the females and once you notice that they've expelled their eggs, i would remove the adults.

I normally use a 5g or 10g tank and use a homemade trap the allows the eggs to fall through, so i don't have to worry about the eggs being eaten. It also makes it a lot easier to remove the adults.

I never tried spawning cherry barbs, but my method worked on rosy and fire barb and various tetras.

Good luck.
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PostSubject: Re: barb breeder   barb breeder Icon_minitime11/30/2011, 3:00 pm

they live in a 5g already
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PostSubject: Re: barb breeder   barb breeder Icon_minitime11/30/2011, 4:40 pm

The reason breeders use 1g aquariums is less space for females to escape and more sperm for the eggs. Also easier to move a 1g than a 5g. 1g are stacked in long rows and breeders are placed into the aquarium. Every week I spawned 500 tiger barbs and 500 cherry barbs plus others. Aquariums were set up Thursday trio put in Friday and then checked Saturday and Sunday mornings. Spawned tanks trio was removed. Eggs hatched in 1g aquarium. After hatching placed in a 500g vat. Feed and when about a week old put into a pond. Ten weeks later were ready to sell.
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PostSubject: Re: barb breeder   barb breeder Icon_minitime11/30/2011, 6:10 pm

My bad, I assumed the subject was for a one-time spawn, not to produce them in commercial quantities. But i get where you're coming from. When i was playing with those glo-fish, i used to spawn them in those little plastic critter containers and move them to 40g tubs after they hatched. i was never really into selling them, but had more than enough to give away to friends and the local fish club.

My comment about the 1g being to small was based on keeping them in there after hatching. My preference for using a breeding trap in a 5g or 10g is that the trap keeps the adults in a small space, allowing for good fertilization plus you can keep the fry in there for a few weeks before having to move them to a bigger tank.
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PostSubject: Re: barb breeder   barb breeder Icon_minitime11/30/2011, 6:41 pm

i just want to breed them for fun
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PostSubject: Re: barb breeder   barb breeder Icon_minitime11/30/2011, 10:01 pm

scohaw your not wrong. I owned a fish farm and did it for a living. Its as easy to raise 100 fish as 10 and up. You work more efficent with larger numbers.
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PostSubject: Re: barb breeder   barb breeder Icon_minitime12/1/2011, 4:11 am

Dr. Who, cool, i would have loved owning a fish farm.

coolfish15, for small egg scatterers, my trap allows the eggs to fall through and makes it really easy to remove the adults. I like to use a 10g tank with only 3-5 gallons of water in it. During the first couple weeks, i add more water when i do water changes. This allows me to eventually use the full 10 gallons as the fry grow and i don't physically have to move them.

You can go as low tech as you want. I have a friend that spawns his rosy barb in 5 gallon buckets with a vegetable colander as a breeding trap. Of course his wife wasn't too pleased when she saw him using it.

I'd post a picture of my trap but i can't figure out how to do it. It's really simple and cost only a couple of bucks to make. I make a box out of plastic mesh that i found at a craft store. Don't know what it's actually used for but it comes in 8"x11" sheets. you can cut it to whatever size you need and i stitch mine together with yarn.

Good luck.
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PostSubject: Re: barb breeder   barb breeder Icon_minitime12/1/2011, 7:43 am

I'm still growing out fish today. I wholesale fish now. It's easier than farming fish. Good luck on your spawning program. Barb and tetras and danios are the real joy of spawning fish.
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