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Fish breeding is one of the most interesting processes for any aquarist.
It demands responsible approach and is directly connected with fish species living in the tank, because all of them demand different keeping conditions.
Live-bearers breeding peculiarities
Live-bearing fish is the most undemanding to their keeping and breeding, because they possess high vitality and adaptability. Due to the fact, that eggs fertilization is done inside of the fish, they bear developed live fry. It means, that it is necessary to create all necessary conditions for their appropriate feeding and temperature regime at once. They are caught out of the tank and are kept separately from adult species at temperature from 20 to 24 °С.
In order for tank fish breeding to be successful and without any accidents at home conditions, it is necessary to put female fish into the separate tank with small-leaved plants before 3-4 days of supposed fry birth date.
Among live-bearing fish the most frequently met in home aquarium are the following:
- cichlid fish;
There is a range of peculiarities, which should be known to all the aquarists, interested in tank fish keeping and breeding. The abdomen of female fish becomes rectangular shaped three days before supposed fry birth.
How to breed “angelfish” and other egg-laying fish
The other popular tank fish group is spawning fish. Before spawning starts, it is recommended to put them, as well, to the separate “spawning tank” with warmer water and longer “daylight” period. Few days later larvae will turn into real fry, which need independent feeding.
Keeping and breeding of such kind of tank fish is characterized by some peculiarities:
- eggs are laid into special bubble nests on plants’ leaves or gravel;
- fish can hold eggs fixed even on their own skin;
- egg-laying fish can keep eggs in their mouth, in such a way they save them from danger;
- eggs can be scattered or dispersed among tank’s plants and gravel.
Among the most widespread species of this fish kind can be named such as angelfish, gourami, barbus, macropodus and catfishes.
Stimulating fish coupling
Many aquarists stimulate spawning of their tank’s inhabitants. For this purpose it will be necessary to create conditions which will be close to natural to the utmost degree.