What is the best overall fish to breed for money, rapid breeders, easy to sell and other resons
While I can't comment on which is the best, I will say that for the average enthusiast its pretty hard to make money breeding.
If you don't have a LARGE setup, that can support hundreds even thousands of fish, you'll be lucky to even break even. The only way to really make decent amount of money breeding and selling fish is to pretty much let it take over your life, have hundreds of gallons worth of tanks, and more equipment than most people can even dream of having...
You've gotta thinka bout the time it takes you to tend the fish (time is money), the costs of water bills and electricity, filters/water conditioners/food, etc...It adds up quick!
Not something you can do with a couple of 10 gallon tanks, or a big 55 gallon...etc...
Just my thoughts.
Last edited by bscman; 06-01-2007 at 06:22 PM.
hmm... how does all that come about
does any one here actully breed fish to sell, other wise what is the point of breeding fish
There are a lot of people here that breed fish. A lot of people give the fry or juveniles away, and some people sell them or take them to local fish stores for "credit" towards other things (different fish, food, hardware, etc).
Some people just do it as a hobby. You can play "God" and control your own little world. Watch the cycle of life in action. Some people breed for feed....breeding your own feeder fish is a lot safer than buying (possibly infected) feeders from your local shop.
Take guppies for instance.
Go to you local store and buy two 10 gallon tanks (one for adults, one as a grow out tank), a trio of guppies, two heaters, two filters, and enough food to feed the adults and the fry.
A month or so later, if you're lucky, you'll end up with a batch (or two) of fry...After a few weeks, about 15 of those fry survive.
A fancy guppy juvenile isn't worth much...maybe a quarter or two. If you take the time to raise them as adults, you can get a buck or two for females and two or three bucks for males.
If you started with show quality fish, maybe more.
But how much investment did that tank? At least 200 bucks considering all the hardware, food, electricity, water, and a few months time....to sell 15 fish for a total (if you're lucky) of $40.
My point in my last post, and this one as well, is that if you're trying to make a living breeding fish you'll need one heck of a large operation to make it work. Otherwise, you just breed as a hobby.
You didn't specify what your limitations or your current setup was, so the door was wide open for opinion. I thought I'd share a little insight.
Thanks for recieving my opinion so well.....
Last edited by bscman; 06-01-2007 at 07:05 PM.
yea thinks for taking the time to type that lol that is one thing i started along time ago is breeding guppies i bought a few for my turtle and i didnt expect them to breed cus well i didnt know much about um i gess and soon i got so menny i couldnt count them so that worked out pritty well kept me from bying more guppies. thinks for your time again and ill try to do the best of whatever im going to do. oh p.s. i got the tanks for free so hehehe lol
Actually, there is another way to make money fish breeding. Breed expensive fish, IE discus. Juvy discus are cheap, because they are extremely hard to take care of, but adults are REALLY expensive, so you could make around $40 a peice.
Money can't buy happiness, but it sure can pay the rent.
cool yea i just was using cheep litle guppies for food but probly like i said to you before ill probly try anglefish
and what about the fish you mentiond whats the story on them
I bolded the important parts in what you said.
Originally Posted by Drumachine09
They JUVENILES are cheap, and they are hard to take care of...
So to breed them...you buy the small, young fish and spends tons of time and money babying them until they are old enough to mature, hope they spawn, then...in order to make a reasonable amount of money, you have to raise the fry up to adult size, otherwise they won't sell for much.
There is a reason why they are so expensive--if they were quick and easy to breed, you can sure as heck bet they'd be CHEAP to buy as well.
Supply and demand. Rare or Hard to breed fish are more expensive because there are fewer of them out there.