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Old 05-01-2006, 10:00 PM   #1
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big or 2 small breeding tanks

hey all, i want to start a frehswater breeding tank, i have a 30 gallon saltwater reef. I was wondering if i should get 2 10 gallon tanks or 1 30-40 gallon tank and put a seperator in between. I want to make this as cheap as possible, so id like your opinions.

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Old 05-01-2006, 10:38 PM   #2
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Can't get much cheaper or convenient than twin 10 gal setup:

http://home.comcast.net/~tomstank/to...s/page0019.htm

But watchya gunna do with the FW fish after you raise them? Why are you doing this?

Also,20 gal setup might be better for some species, like angelfish. It all comes down to what you intend to put in the tanks.
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Old 05-02-2006, 12:28 AM   #3
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heh

im doing this because im very interested in it. Since i cant breed with saltwater fish i want to breed freshwater. I can always get some store credit from em and when i upgrade my 30 saltwater to 60 gallon im going to make a freshwater with the 30, so it doesnt go to waste Im going to follow thelinks guidlines.

P.S Do you kno where to get the stand for the project by chance? i cant find one
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For 10 and 20 gal tanks, one could very easily build stands, since the weight of the tanks is not too high. I thought of doing this, but my LFS had the little iron stand right in front of me. I calculated the time and effort of building, and just bought one. Many of them can be dissasembled, so you could probably get the small ones online.

You would have to decide what you wanted to breed. It is very easy to breed and raise livebearers. But don't expect to get much of a store credit for them. You will have to raise them for months to a decent size, and will get less than a buck for them. Angelfish always sell pretty fast at the lfs, so they will always take those from you. But for angelfish, you need a bit larger tank (20 gal), or so I have heard. Also, for angelfish, you will need a larger tank to put several in, then let them pair off as they mature. Then you can put the pair in the breeding tank. Most angels these days do not raise thier own fry, so then the parents have to be removed from the tank after spawn, and thereby need thier own space yet again.

So, I find it a little awkward that you want to breed FW fish before you have kept them for a while. Take a look at the breeding section on AA. Aside from livebearers (platies, mollies, swordtails) you might find it to be more involved than just setting up the tanks. BTW- the link above was just my way of doing things. There may be other ways too. I have since bought aquaclear mini filters with the sponge for the intake, I will try that next time instead of the corner filters. One of the tanks has become a mini planted tank now - so I only have one tank to serve for quarantine and breeding.
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TomK2 brings up a good point. What fish are you interested in trying to breed? It really doesn't take a lot of work to breed livebearer's (mollies, guppies, etc.).

If however you want a real challenge and are looking into cichlids, then this is the place for all of your questions.
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