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Of the common Aquarium Live Bearers, which species is the most prolific in amount and fastest gestation period.

For the Daily Double, which fish would you pick to fill a 40B the fastest?

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Mollys...Before I separated the males and females, the females would regularly drop litters of 40+ fry. The problem was I had 4 females. I've never seen so many baby fish in my life! I don't think I would ever breed them on purpose unless I had a reliable fish to feed the culls to.
 

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Endler's or sailfin mollies, IME neither one eat their fry, mollies grow larger so less fish to fill the tank. I put a couple dozen endler's in a 40 tall last year. After a few months the tank was looking crowded, then I picked up a baby Carapo knife fish. The Carapo thinned them out much faster than they had filled the tank.
 

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The bigger the live bearer, the more they pop out. So I'll say,

What is Four-Eyed Fish, Anableps anableps?

or what is a molly?
 

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Thanks everyone.

I'm thinking about raising them as feeders. They would have a 40B filled with Hornwort that would also function as grow-out tank for plants.

I think the smartest way would to buy up as many "full" female fish I can find and a few males. Color won't matter just health.

I have an opportunity to buy a 125gl for $100. So I might set up up for Angels or Africans. Both of which I used to breed.
 

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If they're feeder, you'd want small fishes with small fry so endlers would be good. You can save the prettiest and cull out the not so good looking ones.
 

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It would get down to how old the fry were when they were "served" and the size of the fish that are eating them.
 

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I set up a large clear plastic tub on my back patio to keep some extra plants. It's now full of guppy grass and milfoil. I threw in 4 or 5 mosquitofish about 3 weeks ago. There are now too many to count.

Any common livebearer is going to be prolific. Maybe growth rates are a consideration?
 

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TedP - Good point on growth rate.

If I go forward with this, I think I'd go with Platys. I'd start with 4-5 fat females & 2-3 males in a bare breeder type 40 with a lot of Hornwort. I'd be doing a dry start on the 125. By time the 125 was ready for water I should have a lot of baby Platys.
 
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