As a teen someone gave me 40 gal fish tank. I used it for everything. Display case, pet rat house, subdivided fighting fish condo, tropical fish tank and baby fish nursery. I got my first 70 gallon about 10 years ago to accommodate the .22 cent feeder gold fish that grew to over 10″. By 8 years later- I had 9 tanks and several thousand fish.
Being a “fish breeder” started when I got a 1 gal tank with 5 guppies in it for my daughter. The morning after I got them- we discovered a female guppy had died- but not before giving birth to a zillion babies! The remaining 4 adult fish were eating them fast- but I still managed to rescue 70 babies! (normal drop averages around 15 at a time) I scored another 70 gallon tank soon after to house them and by a year later- they had multiplied into over 2000 fish.
Lucky for me a family friend owned a fish store and were happy to take as many as I would produce. For the next 4 years -I supplied them with over 200 fish a month -trading them for filters, food, and other fish keeping supplies. Soon- I supplied 2 fish stores. During those 4 years- I did a lot of selective breeding and created guppies with giant fan tails in every color possible. I saved up all the fish that didn’t have the giant tails and used them to stock the small ponds at a popular park for Easter Sunday. Catching fish there has been a tradition for generations. I just made it more fun. Red sward tails are what normally was there. By the day after- the 500+ fish would be gone. I only hope some made it into a proper tank and survived!
I was always fond of fighting fish and kept hearing about people breeding them. I decided to give it a try and discovered what a long term project it was to even raise 1 batch to old enough to sell. 8 months of changing the water in dozens of cups. I highly recommend against breeding fighting fish unless you know what you will do with the babies once they grow. I had a place to sell them- what you don’t want is to get stuck with 27 adults all needing to live in their own container!
Right at that same time- my albino corey cat fish suddenly laid eggs for the first time in years and thus began 3 years of being a corey cat fish breeder.
While raising the catfish in my annex- in my kitchen I was raising Butterfly Koi. They are a lot of fun to watch grow- but they have to be placed in a large pond by age 3 – when they reach about 14″.
At one point- the yellow and white one (pictured here) died. I was able to bring her back to life- and donated her to a pond where everyone is able to see her.
This blog will talk about these different experiences in detail.