Breeding in community tank

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  1. Zoom

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    Hi guys,

    Just an arb question...

    In general, do fish kept in a community tank breed? Besides the Guppy and swordtails, would egg laying fish breed?

    I currently have
    Angels
    Corys
    Pristella Tetra
    Neon Tetra
    Black widow tetra
    Zebra Danio
    Ancistrus.

    I don't really want them to start laying eggs and breeding, because obviously that means the wife is going to want me to collect the eggs and put them into a hatching tank and all the fun and games that goes along with that... but in the 8 months I've been keeping fish, the only breeding 'success' I've had is the swords and guppies.
     
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  3. Slojo

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    My kribs do breed.2 Spawns in 5 weeks,but alas last night the last of the second spawn disappeared.Mmmmmmmm that Angels,or Black widows or...
     
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    Angels and cories will breed in a community tank. Some tetras will also spawn, but they tend to eat their eggs shortly after spawning, unless they can't find their eggs.

    My angels spawn in their tank every 2 weeks or so. But the pakistani loaches make short work of any eggs in the tank.
     
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    Most will spawn in a community tank but the chances of raising the fry there are slim, although not impossible to get SOME at least :)
     
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    Ancistrus tend to spawn under surfaces, like caves, so if you have a pair check under your hiding spots every so often, you might be 'lucky' with a batch ;)

    Otherwise you'll find your cories and danios will breed pretty frequently in your tank, although as said, eggs do tend to get eaten pretty quickly after the spawn unless you're there to remove the eggs before the other fish become keen on having some omlette.
     
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    My Gouramis are breeding
    Got a syphon (airtube) to save them as soon as they become freeswimming.
     
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    My corys spawn in a comm tank. But as soon as she lays her eggs the guppys are standing by to gobble them up. Did manage to save about 90 of the eggs. That was I sat for about 2 hours next to the tank and scrape off the eggs as soon as she has layed them. (Corydoras laying eggs)

    My plattys also breed in my comm tank but had to remove her because all of the fry eaters in the tank. Manage to get 17 fry from her.

    So my advice to you is get another tank if you want to breed a specific fish. No trouble and no fish eating the fry.
     
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    Sounds good... so maybe my fish are busy spawning away without my knowledge, but the others are getting a nice healthy meal before I get a chance to see anything.

    As I've mentioned, I don't necessarily want to start raising fry... no real money in it... but I've always thought that eggs and babies is a sign of a healthy habitat. I know guppies and swords will have babies in pretty much any water... was just curious if I should be worrying if I don't see the other fish spawning etc.
     

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