Thread: Breeding/selling cost/yield
01-25-2012, 05:41 AM #1
Hello everyone. I am new here. I know this isn't the place for introductions but just getting it out of the way.
I am not new to this hobby, but nevertheless not an expert either. 1.5 years practice.
I was wondering if breeding and selling fish to LFS would result in a profit. I am not looking to get rich. Just hoping to have my hobby pay its way. All profit is to be reinvested in my tanks and equipment to keep my fish healthy and happy.
I currently have three tanks. A 55 gallon community tank which is my pride and joy. 20 gallon up and running but with just plants. An empty 10 gallon tank.
I want to breed some fish with the hopes of being able to create a small profit to spend on maintaining my 55g tank.
My question what species of fish would give me the best chance of a small profit? I have never attempted to breed fish either so maybe something on the moderate to easy side.
Any insights would be especially appreciated.
Different topic: I bought some fish almost a year ago that were labeled as ANGEL RAM CICHLIDS. Has anyone ever heard of them? I think they may be some kind of hybrid. They closely reseamble a german blue ram cichlid. however they r to short and lack the black patch on there sides. I am thinking they r some kind of hybrid. i have pics if it would help.
Thanks to any and all who reply. RG
01-25-2012, 07:29 AM #2
This is always my go to answer... But since you have a 10G to breed I think you best bet is to find shrimp to breed which you can not find in your area. They always seem to take care of themselves and there are some really cool looking ones out there. Bumblebee, RCS, CRS, etc... Just stick to one because from what I've read they can interbreed.
Shrimp and snail junkie... What can I say, I like the little things in life.
01-25-2012, 07:48 AM #3
Your best bet is to talk to your potential lfs clients. Some of them have specific rules on buying fish or may have signed exclusive contracts. They are also likely to know what types of stock they would be most interested in buying.
Alternatively you could look at aquabid as an option but that would mean learning and planning for shipping.
01-25-2012, 12:09 PM #4
To make breeding profitable by any significant means, it takes a lot of time and financial investment. It also requires a lot of space. The easiest way is to breed rare fish. As Trillianne suggested, aquabid is a good place to market.
01-25-2012, 02:45 PM #5
My LFS does not give me cash for my fish, but instead gives me store credit. I get $3 store credit per mbuna: I have bred Ps. saulosi and Cyno white top hara.
At one point, the LFS owner said she'd give me $2 cash or $3 store credit, but then she took it back and would only offer store credit (tried to give $2 store credit but I insisted on $3, which was the original bargain).
The issue is, people don't usually go to the LFS for expensive freshwater fish, and the LFS can get "regular" fish at a very low price from their bulk supplier. They simply are not going to pay more to a local, even for better quality fish, since they have to make their order to the bulk supplier for other fish, anyway.
If my Betta albis breed, I'll likely offer the fish on aquabid or an aquarium site. I'm not looking forward to shipping, but really it's the only option, since pretty much no one in my area are going to pay what the albis are worth.
01-25-2012, 08:39 PM #6
get a pair of convicts for the twenty gallon and raise the babies in the ten gallon.