In this post, we have listed the step by step process of breeding butterfly fish. Butterfly fish is known to the hobbyist since the last decade and its popularity is increasing day by day and breeding them would also bring additional dollars to your pocket.
How to breed Butterfly fish?
One of the most beautiful fishes you can choose for your aquarium. Although breeding these fishes is very difficult, it can be very awarding if the process is carried out the right way. The following steps will guide you through the process of breeding these beauties
- Breeding Tank
- Grow out Tank
- Live fish food
- Adult fish (Mating pair)
- Cleaning Sponge
- Tube to remove and add water
Total cost: USD 250
Total time: 30 days
Step 1 – Selecting the tank
Choose a large tank as the butterfly fishes are known to be egg scatters
Step 2 – Setting the tank
Set the tank with floating plants and make sure the water is soft and acidic
Step 3 – Selection of fishes
Select a healthy pair to spawn and introduce it inside the tank
Step 4 – Water changes
Do water changes once in two weeks and replace it with fresh water
Step 5 – Spawning
This will occur for several days as the male will clasp the female under its fins
Step 6 – Eggs
The produce around 100 eggs and these white eggs will float in water
Step 7 – Separating the parent
Eggs should be relocated and kept away from the parent fishes
Step 8 – Hatching
Eggs will become dark and then sink down. These will hatch after three to even days.
Step 9 – Feeding the fry
Live food such as Daphnia and brine shrimp.
Step 10 – Tank maintenance
Keep cleaning and changing the water so that uneaten food is removed
Step 11 – Cannibalism
Larger fishes will feed on smaller ones and this will give you stronger young ones.
As the frys grow bigger the diet can be changed into freezed dried food and floating pellets.
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