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is breeding fish profitable

is fish breeding profitable  

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  1. 1. is fish breeding profitable

    • yes if done right
    • no because you spend more money than you make
    • deppends


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Thats a very open question. If I had 1 tank and a breeding pair of L046's that I paid $1500 for then yes it would be very profitable venture. Couple of fry tanks and a growout tank. Breeding tank as well. Laughing.

The biggest problem you will have is keeping your running costs down. Spend the money and insulate your fishroom properly from the get go and you will save a packet in the long run. Heat the room instead of individual tanks. Running a reverse cycle air conditioner works out much cheaper then twenty 300w heaters running non stop heating 50 tanks. Buy food in bulk. Work out a way to do quick and effecient water changes. Minimise and make the time spent in the fishroom effective. Either run a sump system or air powered sponge filtered system or both. Costs more to setup with plumbing and holes drilled etc but much better in the long run. Have a few bread and butter species that will always move and have a number of colonies of each. Plenty of growout space. 1000L drums are handy sumped together. Breed top quality fish and develop a name for yourself. Then you will need to develop good working relationships with shops and wholesalers to move your A1 stock.

If you can do all that and still enjoy the 'hobby' then godspeed ;)

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Of course its profitable, but the questions you need to ask is on what scale and in what part of the world.

Breeding fish out of your home and selling them to LFS, probably not.

Breeding fish in a third world country with cheap labour and on an industrial scale, YES.

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Depends on what you breed, what scale and how efficient your business practice is.

If you're dead serious about making money from fish, like any business it would be hard work and you must be deciplined. If you're only half serious, don't keep track of actual expenses and the overall cash flow, plus make passionate, spontaneous decisions on less popular species (I'd imagine would be quite often associated with any hobby related business activities), then there's no way you'll ever make heaps of money on breeding fish.

It's quite achieveable, I've found, to largely finance my own fish hobby by breeding only one species and simply selling them on forums. I just make sure I record how much I've made from sales and only use that money for the expenses. Expenses cover only the food, water treatments, medicines and other necessities - and those things only. It doesn't cover the "nice to have" things like new and better equipment or a new species of fish and more tanks.

Plus I breed the ever popular Electric Yellows, a fish that's always sold in shops, so I never have problems selling them quickly at a reasonable price.

And because I only have two tanks for the breeding (a 3ft & 2.5ft), the operation is small and there's no real impact on the home utilities bills for power and water.

What species is a big factor obviously, must always keep in mind the rare and unusual isn't necessarily the fish everyone wants.

I was once told by someone from QFAS the humble rainbow guppy has always been popular over the years and alongside goldfish is the biggest seller for any shop. Usually they can't get enough of them. As a breeder you can sell them for $2.50ea usually, and they breed like flies. So for a lot of hobbyists, just the common ol' guppy is their bread and butter.

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Profitable? If you mean spending your time doing something that you enjoy then yes it can be very profitable.

I'm guessing you are talking $$ though.

It's all about supply and demand. If you supply a good quality product at a good price that is in high demand you will have no trouble selling. Whether or not it is profitable depends on alot of other factors (as already mentioned)

I've seen plenty of people dump wads of cash into breeding fish thinking they are going to "get rich" from the profits. 75% of these people will usually end up selling off their gear and fish and taking the loss. The other 25% may have planned better and done more research into what was in high demand, that they could breed and supply profitably, or may have just got lucky?? lol.

Think about this~ Family walks into pet shop and purchases a fish tank..

When choosing the fish, the questions go something like this-

Is it hard to look after?

Does it need a heater?

Is it compatible with X fish?

Does it need special food?

Your lfs is always going to want/need the fish that are in the highest demand.

An aquarium in Brisbane had one 2ft tank which outsold all other tanks combined quantity-wise. It wasn't the most profitable tank but definitely had the highest turn over. It was full of... goldfish.

Liverbearers~guppies, platies, swordtails etc all breed prolifically and are generally easy to offload at the lfs.

Cichlids like electric yellow/blues are generally easy to sell aswell, but can also suffer from poor quality if you didn't choose your breeders well, or maintain your water parameters (livebearers may also suffer from this)

If you specialise on something that isn't in high demand you may have trouble selling your fish at the price you need to be profitable.

I'm sure the shops that post here will most likely tell you what fish they are willing to buy if you ask them :)

For me i enjoy breeding fish so its profitable regardless of whether or not i can make money from my fish.

I'm generally happy if i can maintain a status-quo with my exspenses, the wife on the other hand... lol.

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Like any business it will be a couple of years at least before you make any profit. You have to build the business the product and the clientelle. Don't be foolish and spend huge amounts of money at once and put yourself into debt.

This is a long drawn out process and if you think it can be done overnight then you WILL FAIL.

For the first 2-5 years you will be doing it for the love of it so if you think in 12 months to 2 years time it will be boring then don't do it.

It is totally dependant on you and how you go about it.

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think about the time you put into the fish, it isnt free, so your working for it so its not really a profit is it? i do make a "profit" out of fish, but if u had the spend the time i do in my fishroom you would go nuts, n i dont even spend enough time in there. i can spend up to 20 hours aweek just doing water changes/maintence on tanks on top of my 40-45 hour working week :(. n i still make no where near what i can working a normal week. not mentioning the 25-30k i spent setting up what i have atm, + the silly mistakes you make along the way :(.

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