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7 years 9 months ago #34161 by Jim_
Replied by Jim_ on topic new to breeding
Ok petco is having the 1 per gal sale. and I am going to stock up on new tanks instead of old ones. what is a better tank to breed in a 40 or a 55.

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7 years 9 months ago #34151 by sawboy
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Malatang wrote: I can give you some insight on breeding cichlids and making money (err not making money). About 10 years ago the African Cichlid breeding bug bit me to the tune of $10, 000. Built a room in my basement, all state of the art, fully insulated, epoxy floor, cement board, air exchanger, etc etc, you name I blew money on it, automatic water changer, 60 fish tanks, I was all set up and ready to make some $$$$$. I was in heaven, I couldn't beleive all the awsome fish I could get from GCCA members, anything I wanted was just a couple phone calls away. I can still hear them laughing at me as I drove away with my new awsome rare breeders that I over paid for, lol.


After I learned how to stop killing half the fish I was trying to breed, I was ready for the profits to start rolling in.....but wait, I had to have even better fish then everyone else so I could make more money, thats when I found an importer (I'm sure a lot of you remember Jamie who ran Exotic Cichlids). I was in heaven all over again, kos now I got to spend $30-40 each for wild peacocks and mbuna, what could go wrong, Lol wild fish are a lot easier to kill then tank bred. But, I was breeding wild fish and that made the f1 fry worth more, right???

Needless to say I did what an above poster said, got burned out after a few years and walked away. If you don't include all my start up cost I did make some money, I had good luck selling at the swaps, and with people coming over to buy. (See how I justified spending all that money, I'm still lying to myself)

Breeding fish because you want to make money is the wrong way to go about it, pick out some aspect of the hobby and do it for that, if you sell some fish here and there, buy another tank or some more fish to breed, just enjoy what your doing and don't focus on the money, if making a profit breeding and selling was easy everybody would be doing it.

I'm a bit older and a bit wiser now, I have only 20 tanks now and I am doing some line breeding, just because I want to, I give fish away amd sell a few here and there, its a lot more fun.

If your dead set on trying to make money, you need to figure out how to sell to the public, not club members or other breeders. Stick with bread an butter fish, jonny two tank down the street dosent care about the latest super ultra rare peacock varient that just came in to the US and your one of only 10 people that has them, he just wants a cheap pretty fish. One other tip, when buying fish to breed the minute somone says this fish is rare, turn around and walk away, rare does not mean its gonna make you money, it means your goning to over pay for them and no one will will buy the fry.

I am glad I live in a different part of the country now, to much cichlid temptation up there, lol Good Luck.

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7 years 9 months ago #34150 by mikeg2929
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and when talking about tanganyikans, rare = brown.

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7 years 9 months ago #34149 by Malatang
Replied by Malatang on topic new to breeding
I can give you some insight on breeding cichlids and making money (err not making money). About 10 years ago the African Cichlid breeding bug bit me to the tune of $10, 000. Built a room in my basement, all state of the art, fully insulated, epoxy floor, cement board, air exchanger, etc etc, you name I blew money on it, automatic water changer, 60 fish tanks, I was all set up and ready to make some $$$$$. I was in heaven, I couldn't beleive all the awsome fish I could get from GCCA members, anything I wanted was just a couple phone calls away. I can still hear them laughing at me as I drove away with my new awsome rare breeders that I over paid for, lol.


After I learned how to stop killing half the fish I was trying to breed, I was ready for the profits to start rolling in.....but wait, I had to have even better fish then everyone else so I could make more money, thats when I found an importer (I'm sure a lot of you remember Jamie who ran Exotic Cichlids). I was in heaven all over again, kos now I got to spend $30-40 each for wild peacocks and mbuna, what could go wrong, Lol wild fish are a lot easier to kill then tank bred. But, I was breeding wild fish and that made the f1 fry worth more, right???

Needless to say I did what an above poster said, got burned out after a few years and walked away. If you don't include all my start up cost I did make some money, I had good luck selling at the swaps, and with people coming over to buy. (See how I justified spending all that money, I'm still lying to myself)

Breeding fish because you want to make money is the wrong way to go about it, pick out some aspect of the hobby and do it for that, if you sell some fish here and there, buy another tank or some more fish to breed, just enjoy what your doing and don't focus on the money, if making a profit breeding and selling was easy everybody would be doing it.

I'm a bit older and a bit wiser now, I have only 20 tanks now and I am doing some line breeding, just because I want to, I give fish away amd sell a few here and there, its a lot more fun.

If your dead set on trying to make money, you need to figure out how to sell to the public, not club members or other breeders. Stick with bread an butter fish, jonny two tank down the street dosent care about the latest super ultra rare peacock varient that just came in to the US and your one of only 10 people that has them, he just wants a cheap pretty fish. One other tip, when buying fish to breed the minute somone says this fish is rare, turn around and walk away, rare does not mean its gonna make you money, it means your goning to over pay for them and no one will will buy the fry.

I am glad I live in a different part of the country now, to much cichlid temptation up there, lol Good Luck.

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7 years 9 months ago #34144 by b125killer
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Hello everyone, I'm new to breeding too. I breed angels and bristle nose plecos. I knew starting out that I wouldn't make money at it. also My fish are my pets first. if I make any money off them great if not that's fine too. I did finally get a good spawn that I started selling. it took me over a year to get to the point that my fish would breed for me. I have made a little money selling my fish but it's a drop in the bucket compared to what I spend on them. When I decided that I wanted to breed I picked a few species to focus on. I also had help from some great people that have been breeding for a long time. This has been a great adventure for me. I have learned so much about cichlids and have made some great new friends along the way.

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7 years 9 months ago #34140 by Midknight
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-- I'm enjoying the conversation. I'd have to agree with the folks who've suggested it isn't a likely scenario that you'll make much money breeding and selling cichlids. That's just my opinion from experience. Sure there are those who have made some money in the hobby, but they are very few and very, very far between. Having said that, though, I enjoy breeding fish and I've brought in a little bit of cash to offset my expenses. Just don't expect to be rolling in green - unless it's algae!
-- My advice echoes that of others - breed fish that you enjoy keeping. That way you'll have fun even if you don't get much of a financial return. And, as in so many aspects of life, take everyone's advice with a grain of salt, but do what you think is best.
-- One last thing: I don't think we need another peacock breeder - see last sentence. :P

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Philippians 4:8

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7 years 9 months ago #34139 by mikeg2929
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The only time I can ever say for certainty that I made $ of fish when I was dealing in Frontosa. I probably brought in 500 - 600 wild ones in trios. From a group of 18 fish, i would sell 4 pairs, leaving me with 2m / 8f. I would just leave them alone and stuff them with krill. Once they started breeding, I stripped at 7 - 10 days and was easily having 300 - 500 fry for sale each month. There is no way to sell that many locally - and I didn't have the time or the desire to ship. In walk two college kids with a friend in the wholesale business - they would take every fry - from an inch down to a little bigger than a cardinal tetra for $1.75 each. Some they grew out, most they dumped quickly. None of these were the fancy frontosa - mostly burundi, ikola and various 7 stripe fish. I did that for a few years, til I moved in 2008. That easily covered the costs of my room, plus I made money on the pairs. Of course, I had 8 custom made 180 gallon tanks plus 8 75 gallon plus about 20 20 gallon and smaller tanks. Frontosa have cooled down a lot and i bet I could unload that many per month if I had too. Oh yeah - my electric bill dropped a ton when I closed my room. By about $100 per month.

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7 years 9 months ago #34137 by scubadiver
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Electric Blue Rams - $10 for three to four month old fish.

Rams are always in demand and even pet stores want them.

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7 years 9 months ago #34133 by chefjimmy
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ive had alot of success breeding cichlids, ive made a ton of money selling at shows, auctions, and from my house. it only cost me 2 tons to make that ton of money.

once you throw in electric, water, time, declor, food, equipment, its a loosing battle.

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7 years 9 months ago #34129 by sawboy
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For pump and hardware advice. Call John at Jehmco. Best in the business.

Www.Jehmco.com

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