Once you enter into the world of guppy breeding you are in for a great deal of excitement, anticipation, and at times a little bit of frustration. There are many different avenues that you can take with breeding guppies and you are going to have to set your goals as to what it is that you want to accomplish. Many individuals get into breeding guppies as a hobby that they share among their friends. A group may decide to each start their own breeding program and then exchange the offspring of the guppies according to the wants and needs of each individual.
Others get into breeding guppies to get into the showing of these beautiful fish, and then there are some that want to set it up as a business. No matter what your reasons are for breeding guppies you really want to pick the right breeding program that is going to help you meet your goals.
If you are going to breed for showing or as a business then you really have to focus on being able to produce the best quality of guppies that are going to do well in the showing. This means that you really have to take the time to choose the right breeding pairs. You are going to want to source out a reputable breeder as your starting point to provide you with your breeding crop.
Ideally you will want to start with two sets of three and preferably from the same strain. By doing this it means that you are going to get several broods of fry being produced in the same time frame. If you don’t want to go with that many to start with then just reduce your breeding pairs.
You are going to have to make sure that you have the proper set up so you can keep your breeding organized. This is what your breeding program is all about. If you are going with a set of three then you will want two females to one male. This means that you are going to have four females that are going to deliver.
Ideally you will want to put each of the females in a separate tank when they are ready to deliver. This way you are going to be able to keep the brothers and sisters together rather than having a mixed lot. It is really important to keep accurate records for each tank so you will be able to track the fry as to which female they came from.
You are going to now have a new batch of females as well as males that you are going to be able to use for breeding as well. This will mean that you are able to breed a brother and sister and when doing this you are now doing a inbreeding program. If you don’t want to go with the inbreeding program you always have the option of going with line breeding. What this will mean is that you are breeding a set of fish from the same strain but they are not brother and sister.
While most guppy enthusiasts become involved in line breeding or in breeding there are some that want to venture out into crossbreeding. Crossbreeding is not going to take you into the guppy show world but it can be a intriguing endeavor on its own. With crossbreeding what you are going to do is breed two different species of fish that are compatible with each other and will mate.
No matter which form of breeding you are going to enter into you have got to set the budget aside to do this as well as be committed to the care and time that guppy breeding is going to take.