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15 gallon breeding colony fish

Last time, I asked about a breeding colony for a 30 gallon. Now I am going smaller still...have suggestions for fish that could be kept as a colony in a standard 15 gallon?
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Do you want easy to breed fishes or hard?
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embers breed like rats in a planted tank, with enough moss you may never have to remove the adults since they stop hunting fry when they are free swimming
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Have you looked into shell dwelling cichlids? I just started a small 10 gallon colony. I have 6 juveniles now and they are awesome little fish. Can't wait for them to start breeding. They allow multiple generation without eating their young.
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Do you want easy to breed fishes or hard?
As long as they are not amphidromous (I.E the fry need brackish or salt water in order to develop) and the adults will take frozen food fairly reliably (I could feed some live, but would prefer not to rely on it), I'm golden. Color, nice finnage, or at least general handsomeness would be appreciated, though, as would the ability to keep multiple males in this tank (I.E no shellies...)
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With enough shells I've been fine with multiple males in my Multies' setup and so has my friend with 100+.

Another option is killifish. I've successfully bred gardeneri in tanks as small as 2.5 gallons.
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Yeah with enough shells multis are completely fine with many males. They are really peaceful compared to other shellies

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the fry will be living with the adults? Or will you have a separate breeding tank?
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Soft & acidic or hard and alkaline?
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The fish, unless they are shelldwellers or perhaps livebearers, will be bred in a seperate tank. If the fish is an acid-loving species, it will be bred in a seperate tank, as I would prefer not to have to fiddle with an RO unit or similar device; the fish would be moved to a breeding tank with purchased distilled water to breed them (the water for the main acidic tank would be made more comfortable for the fish by aging it over a safe t sorb substrate with a bag of peat moss, both removing a good chunk of the KH and TDS and acidifying the water; however, this might not be enough to breed many acid loving animals).

Shellies can be kept with multiple males in a tank as small as a 15 gallon?
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Depends on the type of shellie. Multis definitely. Most others probably not unless you have nice rocks in the middle to break up line of sight.

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Go for the small rainbow fishes like Gertrude.
Check out Dawkinsia rohani if you can find them.



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Girardinus metallicus is a great little wild-type livebearer, & if you load up the tank with Java moss & floating watersprite quite a few young will manage to grow up alongside their parents. In a few months you should have a nice sized colony.
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