Breeding Red Rosey feeders!! Need HELP!!

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buontempojr96

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I just set up my 29 gallon tank and i want to know what is the best way to breed rosey's..

should i buy like a bunch of them and see if they mate or what should I do to get them to breed
 

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You need multiple tanks to do it and it’s pretty hard. The only fish you could breed with 1 29 gallon tank and use as a feeder would be guppies. Just get a ton of plants and or spawning mops and the adults won’t eat the babies
 

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What are you using feeder fish for?

Good pellet foods typically offer better nutrition and are better for your water parameters.
 

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I second that it would be pointless to breed them even for profit, nobody makeS or uses feeder fish anymore
 

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There’s better things to breed for live food such as micro worms and brine shrimp don’t waste a perfectly good tank on breeding feeders I think rosy minnows need extreme changes to breed, a good fish to breed would be white clouds if you are trying to skip a heater
 

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You could breed orange chromide if you are looking for a challenge, they breed like discus and are easy to raise the fry
 

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Not for profit at all... So i can have an abundance of Feeders for my Predatorial fish...

Just looking for answers and help on how to do it
 

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How big are your predatorial fish? And how much extra tank space do you have for a breeding program?

The easiest source of feeders in my experience is convict cichlids. They breed like rabbits, grow rapidly and can be fed as soon as they reach the size needed. If fed on a good rounded diet (and convicts will eat anything IME), they provide the added bonus of being gut-fed, reducing the risk of the fish they're fed to being nutrient deficient. A 20 gallon long tank with a pair and another for growing out fry can provide a lot of feeders. If you need more feeders, add tanks for grow out until you're growing out enough fish for your needs.

A 55 gallon tank with just regular old mollies can achieve the exact same thing, with the added bonus that you can acclimate them to saltwater and then feed them to marine predators.

Either of these will be easier and faster to breed and grow out than rosy reds. They will be healthier as well, as rosy reds, like goldfish, tend to have a higher fat content than either of the species I mentioned, which can cause health problems later down the road.

All that said, you should be doing everything in your power to acclimate your predatory fish to a good prepared food. Even feeders that have been bred with that specific purpose in mind are not good for long term maintenance and health. I cannot think of a single species of fish of the hundreds I've kept over the years that I could not acclimate to taking prepared foods, frozen foods at the very least and often a good quality dry food.

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