IMO, the only way its going to be worth it is if you get a high yield from the spawn. You dont want to be hatching BBS every day for two months for only ten fry.
I raise a batch of BBS each and every day for my fish as it is. They love it and they are so much more healthy and vibrant. So those are already available daily.
This isn't about saving a buck really... more about HOPEFULLY having healthy fish that I raised myself to add to the tanks so I'm not freaking out about what they may be carrying and how long it can be dormant.... plus like I said I just can't get enough locally. Ive bought my LFS out for maybe 6 weeks now?? I think they and some others are getting tired of it. They won't buy more than 50-75 at a time because they don't have the tank space. They really specialize in saltwater since thats where the money is. Im sure they arent making much on $1 Neons and $1 lemon tetras and $1 glowlights.
I'll try breeding glowlights in the other tank once I figure out which tank setup works for the Neons.
They did give me a few smaller chunks of mopani when I picked up my last 40 so I added those to the 2.6. Going today to look for oak leaves for the 11.4.
Bump: This is the 2.6. I'll be packing both with moss trimming from my big tanks... which grow like gangbusters.
This will be their new home along with about 100 Neons, 30 Glowlights, 15 Lemon Tetras, 20 Black phantom tetra, and 25 Pristilla tetras.
For such a small fish, neons can be a lot of effort to breed. Generally you need very soft water. You might want an RO unit if your going to need a lot of water, otherwise, you can use distilled water mixed with tap water to get the required soft water.
Neon fry are very small, and require infusoria as their first food. You'll need to set up a few cultures of it. Once you get the fry to the point where then can eat newly hatched brine shrimp, your home free. I once kney a breeder that told me that banana peels made the best media for infusoria but I have never tried it.
One advantage you do have is that you don't need large tanks to breed neons.
Good luck with your project. You will find that comparatively few people have bread them, even among people really into breeding fish.
Thank you! I don't know anything about infusoria so ill check it out and get some going. So.... what's the normal process for separating the parents?? Do you look for eggs? (Which would be hard since they're light sensitive) or do you just give them some time, hope there are some in there and then remove the adults?
I have to do some more work in the 11.4. Having hard time just dumping my only 2 Beckfords pencils in a big tank from which I'll never be able to catch them... and since adding the Neons it turns out I still have a single male and a single female Gertrude rainbow... I'd love to get lucky and get some Neon, Pencil, and Rainbow fry...