Tropical fish breeding can be easily done inside of your aquarium. In fact, there are some instances where you see the pitter patter of baby fish feet when you are not prepared for the expansion. If you decide to breed your tropical fish, the first thing to keep in mind is that you will need to be able to accommodate the additional fish in an appropriate space.
If you do not have access to this space, and you do not have a resource or someone that will take your new fish off of your hands, you probably do not want to venture into the breeding grounds. If you do think that breeding tropical fish sounds like something you would like to try, there are a few steps to follow to ensure the success of your tropical fish breeding endeavor.
Bringing your Tropical Fish Together for Breeding
If you decide to breed your tropical fish, it is best to select a species that is easy to care for. One type of tropical fish that works for breeding is the Betta Splenden, which is also known as the Japanese Fighter Fish. Although these fish can be territorial, they are generally fairly peaceful fish and extremely easy to keep. For example, the Betta fish does not require a large tank to thrive – it is one of the rare tropical fish that can be perfectly happy in a fish bowl.
In order to condition your tropical fish for breeding, you must feed them a variety of foods for at least a week or two. It is also necessary to keep the water in the bowl absolutely clean with daily changes. To breed your tropical fish, prepare a 10-gallon tank with plenty of plants, and a Styrofoam cup for nesting. Research the optimum water conditions for breeding, and give your tank a week to establish those conditions. Place your male in the water first, followed by the female in a glass chimney where the male can see her but not reach her. When the female shows signs that it is time to breed, your tropical fish should be released to inspect the Styrofoam nest that you placed in the tank and that the male fish has probably prepared for the female to lay her eggs.
Once spawning is complete, the female should be removed from the tank, and the male will take over the daddy duties of caring for the eggs in the nest. If all goes according to plan, within a few days after spawning the eggs will hatch and you will delight at the tiny fry that will occupy the tank. Once the eggs hatch, the male can be removed from the tank and you can begin attending to your little ones.
Tropical fish breeding can be a very rewarding hobby, and a good way to expand your fish inventory. With plenty of research and a little luck, you will be on your way to successful tropical fish breeding in no time.