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Egg-laying fish that will breed in 6 gallon Edge?

I have newly set up a 6 gallon Fluval Edge tank (Quick Editorial: Putting hardscape into it is like putting a ship in a bottle, but I digress). Anyhow, I've also wanted to breed egg-layers and I was hoping that this might be my chance. I know it's a small tank, but is there a fish that can successfully breed in a small tank that's not a live bearer? I have substrate in it, so I think that rules out bettas, but tell me if I'm wrong. I really like rams and the more colorful apistos but I'd feel bad keeping in such small quarters. Any other suggestions? What have you successfully breed in a small tank?

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hmm that's a tough one, maybe a dwarf cory? CPD's (not sure if their egg layers or live bearers, I would have to think egg layers)


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Maybe a species of badis or dario. I am probably wrong but I have heard firsthand of people successfully breeding apsitogrammas in tanks that small but I would not do that unless others can speak on that as I can not. Pygmy cories would be a nice choice because of size.
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I would LOVE to breed any of the dwarf cories. I've kept both Hastatus and Habrosus and I love them. They were kept in community tanks, and they never showed the slightest signs of wanting to breed. Would a species-only tank be a better bet? Would cherry shrimp be an issue with the eggs?

Pygmy Sunfish, darios and badis are good choices but I think they require live foods all the time? I don't mind feeding live foods to get them in breeding condition, but I'd prefer not to keep fish that would always require it. Am I incorrect on this assumption?
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CPDs will breed, but you'll need java moss and patience. You'll also have to halve the tank, and put them on one side and then putting them on the other side away from the moss. You'll have babies. or remove eggs and raise yourself.
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Killies FTW!
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No way I can divide the tank It's crammed with driftwood and has a tiny opening. The Fluval Edge is beautiful to look at but not exactly user-friendly. Killies; there's something I've never considered. I wonder how tough they would be.
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Killies are a good option. I think CPDs will spawn. So will some neat stuff like rice fish.
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I just had my microdevario kubotai spawn in my 6 gallon. I had no idea until today I spotted the fry swimming around. They're pretty cool little fish. They mostly stay near the top of the tank and are relatively shrimp safe if you plan on keeping shrimp too. My neo colony blew up when I had them together, but I did have a lot of moss in the tank.
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i say thread fin rainbows. you can toss a mop in and pull it when there are eggs on it and hatch the eggs in a jar put some back in when they are big enough not to get eaten. they are a cool looking fish and i personal would love some more
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i breed bluefin killifish in five gallon tanks...
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auban, I have always liked bluefin killies, I think I would really like to go that route. Do the adults always need to be fed live food or can they be weaned to frozen and eventually pellets/flake?
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