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I'm looking to start breeding/growing livestock or flora as a means to offset some of the cost of my hobby. It seems to me that shrimp are the most efficient thing to breed and sell in terms of space required but the initial investment seems pretty high. Is there a better option? Also are there any plants that tend to go for a lot that I might want to invest in propagating? Thanks.


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I'm looking to start breeding/growing livestock or flora as a means to offset some of the cost of my hobby. It seems to me that shrimp are the most efficient thing to breed and sell in terms of space required but the initial investment seems pretty high. Is there a better option? Also are there any plants that tend to go for a lot that I might want to invest in propagating? Thanks.
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Do things green. Use sunlight, no heaters or powerfilters. Air driven sponge filters only will save a decent amount on electeicity. In terms of money makers shrimp are good cost off setters. But if you dont have much experience keeping higher need plants and shrimp it may be hard to just jump into trying to make money on high cost flora/fauna
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Unless you want to go all out and do it right, the best you might do is break even. That's if you don't count labor! If you have a place to sell them, angelfish are as easy as any and sell as well as any.
Personal experience? I found a guy who wanted me to raise fish to sell through his shop. All went well until the fish reached the size he specified. Then he had all kinds of complaints about color, fin shape, etc. and since it would be "so hard" for him, he could only give me half of what he had talked. Now, I don't breed and raise fish! I'm still pushing fish from my house!
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Almost anything can be a cash crop as long as you have an abundance of it and can produce it with quality. Cherry shrimp are easily bred and culled. You can sell them for varying prices. Erios, buces, other rare plants or desired stems, mosses, carpets, etc can all be profitable.


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Awesome thanks for the tips.

DerekFF: The tip about the sponge filters is great. Power has been a primary concern as it is the silent killer.

PlantedRich: Yeah that sounds like what would happen to me. Online sales seem to be the best bet but now were basically talking about a second job. I was just hoping to generate enough income to soften the blow on the wallet a little


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It's simple really... find a few plants that grow really well in your tank, preferably in demand as well. And farm them! For example. Syngonathus 'Belem' grows at an extremely fast rate in my tank for some reason, so I regularly sell large orders of that.


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The "problem" with shrimp is it takes a while to build up your colony until its large enough to start producing, and by that time that particular shrimp is no longer popular or the market is saturated with them.
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It's not the growing that turned out to be the problem for me. It is the marketing and dealing with all the variables. As long as one can find a way around that, it gets better. The internet and shipping plants, looks like an agreeable way to go. But then you start to run into the questions of what is worth the time. Is it practical to make a trip to ship a five dollar item two or three times a week? By the time I began to figure in how long it took to catch fish and bag them, keep supplies stocked and deal with customers, I decided the odds on the stock market were not that bad!
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