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Will any of these fishes breed when in a community tank?

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Sorry if the title was confusing, what i mean is are any of the following fish easy to breed when kept with other kinds of fish in the aquarium(ex: i have 3 neon tetras in my tank, if a throw in 3 of a different species will any of those breed? assuming that there's at least 1 male and female).

Bushy Nose Pleco
Lemon Tetra Albino
Glowlite tetra
Gold white cloud
Neon Tetra
Red Eye Tetra
Beunos Aires Tetra
Black Neons
Glass Bloodfins
Scissor tail rasbora
Blueberry tetra
Rosy Tetra
Malaysia Platy
Red Swordtail
Red Coral Balloon Platy
Tiger Barb
Harlequin Rasbora
Giant Danio
Longfin Zebra Danio
Comet Large(?)
Black Phantom Tetra
Bleeding Heart
Barred Platy

A couple other questions, is it normal for fish to "nip" at each other when they first meet? I had a guppy that would nip at the tetras when I put them in.

How many fishes should be in a tank for a "school" to form? I only have 3 neon tetras and they're usually separated.

I had a guppy that looked like it was doing fine, it was alone with the 3 tetras and a couple days ago I found it dead along the filter tube thing(tube that sucks in the water, sorry I don't know what it's called). It looked fine, I would feed it twice a day.

Thanks in advance :D
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they all theoretically will breed if you give them room and food.
the tiger barb will nip till somebody's dead unless you have more than 6 tigers.
i agree with mister green, they all might breed given the proper atmosphere, and food, and space if u happen to have a male and female. That thing that sucks up water is called a filter, just for future reference.
Is there a site that has information about what each type of fish needs to breed?(Water temperature, light, etc). I've checked Wikipedia but there aren't many pages with that kind of info.

Thanks for the replies and the heads up on the tiger barb :D
You might find some of those in the Fish Database here on the forum, SSL. Just follow the link at the top of the page. And welcome to the forum! :)

That thing that sucks up water is called a filter, just for future reference.
Actually, it's called a filter intake, GotFish. Just for future reference.
Forgot to say ~ those platies and swordtails are livebearers and livebearers are among the easiest fish to get to breed.
Forgot to say ~ those platies and swordtails are livebearers and livebearers are among the easiest fish to get to breed.
X2. They're VERY prolific, much more than RCS. Basically, 1 male and 1 female in a tank in decent water conditions (pH & hardness will not matter) and you will be guaranteed to have babies.

Crawfish...I have no exprience, but with those large claws, I would have to assume they would eat fish.

All other fish you mentioned, require specific conditions in order for them to breed.
This is a website I find very helpful with specific info on species of fish. It also list helpful info on breeding parameters as well as how to differentiate the genders.

One important point though, if you are hoping to not only have your fish spawn but successfully hatch tiny eggs and raise tiny fry, is to minimize predation from larger fish. This major stumbling block (most fish love to eat fish eggs), is often only accomplished in tanks where all adult fish are removed after the eggs are laid.
If you do find this is a serious interest for you there's a book called "The Super Simple Guide To Breeding Freshwater Fishes ":

Most hobbiest who are interested in and successful at breeding fish usually set up a few to a half dozen or more tanks dedicated to just spawning and then raising fry. It can take a lot of effort; but can be very interesting and rewarding to see fry grow up.
Ok, thanks for the replies, i'll check out the site :D
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