Just about every hobbyist ends up breeding guppies at one point or another. These fish are colorful, hardy, and relatively inexpensive. Plus there is no struggle in getting them to reproduce! However, a problem does arise when you want to raise up the guppy fry to prevent them from being eaten by the adults. There are lots of guppy breeder nets, livebearer breeding traps, and hanging boxes on the market; but this video will show you how to easily make a DIY guppy breeder like the professional fish farms use! The way they work is pretty simple. Adults stay in the net portion, while fry can swim through the small holes and escape. If you want you can move the entire guppy breeder box (with adults still inside) to another tank and grow out the fry. Some people use it the other way, with the adults outside and the fry able to hide inside the breeding trap. First you’ll want to assemble your supplies, all should be easy to find at a craft store. Needlepoint Mesh (size 5 or 7) Acrylic yarn in the color of your choice (acrylic won’t rot) Large gauge needle Binder clips or something similar to help you hold the edges together while you work.Now take your rectangle of mesh (Cory uses the #5 size for his DIY guppy trap. Size #7 has much smaller holes, and would be good for breeding African Cichlids, making an isolation tank etc.) and fold it in to a tube. Thread your needle (leave a tail long enough your yarn doesn’t get pulled through!) and sew up the two sides, any stitch will work. Here’s where the binder clips come in handy, holding the edges of the DIY breeder box together while you work. Once you finish the side tie it off in a knot. If there’s a knot you like feel free to use it. But a basic square knot (like tying shoes, but without loops) works just fine. This is only going to be holding back some livebearers, not a great white shark!The round piece of needlepoint mesh is cut to fit the bottom, and attached the same way as the side. Keeping the sides nice and long and adding a handful of gravel to the bottom keeps it in place and ensures the fish can’t jump out. You can make thee sides any length and secure to the side of the tank if you prefer.Tying extra string around the breeder cage adds even more cover for fry. You could even make a DIY spawning mop (instructions at 9:55.) The acrylic mops will float at first, but once the trapped air bubbles work their way out they will sink and be more appealing to fish. At the end of the video you can see some pregnant female Full Red Super Delta Guppies in the trap.Be sure to like and share this video, and subscribe if you haven’t already. And if you’d like to win prizes join #TeamAquariumCoOp
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