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    People also always want reasonably priced Melanotaenia boesemani

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    Thanks, and cheers for the info , but as I stated before, it is more ideal to breed a fish because it interests you, than for profit, the same reason I"m not breeding discus or expensive plecos, and as I said, I am most knowledgeable and interested in local natives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudechisbutleri View Post
    I started a similar thread on Perth Cichlids Society Forums, but I want to see what responses I'd get here on AL.

    So basically, to rephrase what I said there, I'm looking into breeding fish for profit (it's certainly more interesting than a job at Macca's or Woolies) and I'm trying to find what species to breed. I'm looking for something smallish (which is why I'm not gonna breed stingrays, saratogas or Murray cod, I don't huge tanks), easy to somewhat-easy to breed, and sellable for a decent price. Rarity may also be a selling factor.

    Garden variety livebearers such as guppies and mollies are boring, and not exactly uncommon, also already very cheap at various LFS and pet stores, which is why I wouldn't be breeding them.
    Sorry, you should probably get this thread closed. Your first post certainly sounds nothing like your last.

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    Sorry I think I mis-communicated, I'll rephrase.

    It isn't ideal if I breed a fish solely for profit, and are completely uninterested in said fish. Of course, it would be most ideal if I breed something both for enjoyability and for profitability.

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    Does seem like the thread did a bit of a 180.

    But if I may recommend something, my best bets for your fish would be M. boesemani if you can get nicely coloured parent stock. As someone who has been there doing this with this species, private buyers are more than happy to pay a premium for beautifully-coloured fish... pet shops not so much! But be wary, they're very slow growers! Another option and a fish I've bred in very large numbers like the boes would be M. praecox. Very fast growers, and their colour doesn't seem to fluctuate as much as other species with stress levels so LFSs can generally move them on quickly if you're trying to sell bulk.
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    I guess my intentions may have changed since I started it, lol. Initially, I was much more open to suggestions, but hey I'm an odd fella

    But with the repeated suggestion of praecox, I suppose it's worth looking into and I'll do my research into praecox, its small size is certainly what I like about it, boesemani seems to be a rather demanding species, space-wise, they're not exactly a nano fish lol

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    Just got a reply, my small scale operation will not require an aquaculture license at this point in time, however I will need to apply for one if and when my business becomes sizeable, so no license needed for my Praecox project!

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    I use to breed fish and supply the local markets. I made enough money to cover costs and buy a few things but unless you go major scale, you will not be able to live on the profits. You need a variety of fishes, including common and rare species. And you need to sell them to shops for a cheap price. The cheaper you sell them, the more the shops sell, and the more you can sell. Every now and then you sell some rare more expensive stuff but your mainstay is common cheap stuff.

    I had rainbowfish, Apistogramma dwarf cichlids, killifish and a few unusual Corydoras sp. I produced common rainbows like Melanotaenia trifasciata (Goyder river), M. lacustris, boesemani, & praecox, and Rhadinocentrus ornatus (reds and blues) all the time. They were nicely coloured and I only charged a couple of dollars each. The low price tag meant the average person could afford to buy a number of them and the shops sold a lot more fish. Then each month I would breed one or two less common rainbows like M. herbertaxelrodi & affinis, and I usually had some cichlids and killis going as well. The less common stuff I would breed once or twice a year.

    You need to culture your own foods where possible to help reduce costs. Infusoria and rotifer cultures are easy to do, and so are daphnia in the cooler areas. Mozzie larvae are a great food and altho it's illegal to culture them, you often find them in old infusoria cultures that someone forgot to put the lid on. Then go to a bait shop and buy a few kgs of prawn and fish and keep it in the freezer. Use that to feed the young fish.

    Ponds are ideal if you have space outdoors. You can put the brood stock in them for a few weeks them move the adults into another pond. Do this throughout the warmer months and you have an endless supply of fish to sell.

    Keep the rearing tanks warm, 28 degrees Celcius is ideal for most species. Have tanks covered to reduce heat loss and stop fish jumping out. Keep all the tanks in one insulated room to save power on heating. Insulating the back, base and sides of tanks with polystyrene foam also helps. Do lots of water changes on the rearing tanks. Once the fry have passed the plankton stage, start doing 50-75% water changes each day. Under ideal conditions the fish will be 1-2inches long and coloured up ready for sale in 2-3months.

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    re: breeding native fishes from the southern part of Australia. There are some stupid laws about that. In WA I was allowed to breed pygmy perch but was not allowed to sell them to shops in WA. I could sell them to the east coast. And shops in WA could only buy them from the eastern states. So basically I could sell them to the east and the shops in WA would buy them back. It was blanking stupid.
    Last edited by Colin_T; 19-02-18 at 10:27 AM.

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