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Make Money off Fishkeeping Hobby

We often find ourselves spending a lot of money for our pets and most of the time; we find it’s pretty hard to keep up with the spending especially with the increasing cost of fish foods, electricity, water test kits, and medicine. So despite all that, the question always comes about on how we can make something in return for all the effort that we’ve put in? Wouldn’t it be cool to actually make some money and continue to enjoy doing the things that we like to do most? The topic that I’m going to cover here touches on some of the ways we can make money from our fishkeeping hobby and (if not) probably make enough just to cover back the cost of daily expenses. Some of the approaches involve methods that are directly related to the hobby itself while others may need some extra works which are not so direct to say.

Breed and sell
arowana photoIf you know the tricks about fishkeeping and have put in a lot of effort to ensure that your pet fish are well taken care of, you can actually breed and produce young baby fish enough to sell off. Forget about livebearers or some other fast-producing fish like platy, because numbers don’t count and in fact most fish stores won’t even buy back from you. Well, unless you are into fancy guppies which could probably fetch about 20 bucks a fish, trust me, you won’t actually make something decent in return to even cover back the amount of time and overall expenditure. For me, I prefer exotic and rare fish species like arowana or discus because these fish can fetch few thousands dollars by selling to collectors and this would be enough to cover back the investment that you’ve put in especially for buying those expensive pumps, aquariums and such. Here's the list of most expensive freshwater pet fish for your consideration.

Trading pet supplies
Getting to know the circle of people around you especially those in your niche does help. That means it would be a good idea to hook up with the local community fish clubs and the most effective approach is being part of active contributing members. With that relationship in mind, how many of you actually given the thought of doing some trading in pet supplies? This might sound complicated at first but it’s nothing more that just the standard approach of buying low from some auction house and then sell it high to the right people who wanted the stuff urgently. Based on what I’ve seen thus far, second hand used aquarium filters and fish tank are your best bet and there are people who were willing to let go and sell it off for a cheap price especially for those who were quitting the hobby. Also there are also the groups of people who can’t afford or are just not willing to pay for an expensive unit so they wouldn’t mind getting a used stuff instead. And that is where you come in to fill the gap and make money off it, but first as I’ve said earlier, you need to establish yourself within the niche first.

Offer services for a price
Fishkeeping may not be for everyone because it can be very time consuming. For those working executives or managers who can’t spend enough time taking care of their pets full time but still want to enjoy the pleasure of fishkeeping might want to consider acquiring services of people who can do the difficult part for them like tank cleaning and changing water. There are also some hobbyists who actually lack the confidence to do it themselves and thus would like some extra help and so that’s where you come in to the picture. Like I’ve said earlier, if you have known a lot of people and then building your reputation around them, people wouldn’t mind paying for your time and presence. Think of it like being a consultant or expert cum service provider. It all depends on how you look at it.

Sell fish photos
Stock photos can be sold without requiring any investment other than your camera. Although many frown upon the idea as they don’t believe anyone can actually make much out of it, however if you have "quality" photos especially of your well-decorated tank, fish, or even aquatic plant, I’m sure people wouldn’t mind paying for it. I won’t mention which third party sites you can sell you photos, just Google and you will find tons of information to help you out. There are easily about 10 stock photography sites out there to sell your masterpiece and since your pets are already there on display, why not snap the perfect moments and generate some money in return. Just some tips to help you get started; photos of marine aquariums are definitely hot selling items. View my freshwater fish photo gallery.

Blog and write about your experience
Websites, blogs and journals are not something new. In fact with very little web design experience or knowledge, anyone can choose a simple platform which can help to simplify the task of writing down your fishkeeping journey and experience and then share with your visitors about the hobby. From there depending on your choice and other options available, you can decide to generate some money by placing some ads or sell off the advertising space. Although this is not a direct approach and might require some extra skills, depending on how you go about doing it, it is actually not that hard to learn. A word of advice though, try not to treat the blogs or websites as a serious venture or big mega business, just think of it as a way to supplement some income to support your hobby. So, that’s about it. If you are creative, the list of options will go on and on.

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Identifying & Naming Different Platy Types

There are different variants or types of platy fish each characterized by its own unique color combination. Even though a quick glance will tell you that each individual colored fish are not similar but generally all of them are still categorized under the common group with the same scientific classification (Xiphophorus maculatus). Platy being a simple, hardy and highly productive fish, can multiple fast enough extending up to 3 generations in just a year, and this makes the task of selective breeding becomes easier as it allows aqua fish breeders to choose and target the desired strain with the right color combination and more important with the specific traits or features that they want.

Nowadays the most common colors of platy sold in pet shops can be different, ranging from pure solid white, blue, orange, green, black, red or even yellow while for some, it can be mixture of either one of these colors. There are also other unique breeds of platy like for instance the long trailing high-fin type or the pointy pintail fin. Let’s us compare and understand some of the exciting names given to describe the fish using the accompanying picture attached below as a guide.

platy types colors

Bumblebee Platy
Bumblebee is probably one of the latest platy types to be introduced to the market. They are unique in the sense that their alternate yellow and black shades resemble to that of a bumblebee. Some of the fish has black marking covering just the head and gill area while there are others with the black spot appearing at the tail end.

Koi Platy
Koi platy is probably one of the most beautiful and exciting variant due to its color pattern bearing close resemblance as seen on a koi fish. Some can appear with just orange and white shades while there are others having extra black speckles distributed randomly on its body. Most of the koi platy that you see sold in pet shops have red colored eyes. The color pattern is often compared to that of Kohaku koi.

Mickey Mouse” Platy
The fish is named after the popular Disney character due to the presence of the three significant black color spots appearing specifically on the tail fin. While two of the darker spots are smaller, the other appears slightly bigger and the way the markings are arranged resembles very much like a Mickey Mouse. Platy in this category can appear in orange, yellow or red but the most commonly seen is the yellow-colored type.

Wag-Tail Platy
What makes this variant different from the other common platy fish is mainly because of the tail fin which appears to be completely black. If you compare a normal fully red or fully yellow on the whole body (including the tail) with the Wag-tail platy, the only different you can spot is obviously just on the end part. The rest are just similar.

Sunset (Marigold) Platy
This type of platy is highly popular due to its yellow and red sunset shade which forms a beautiful color tone. Normally one half of its body is yellow orangery while the other half towards the end will slowly becomes red. If you get the chance to see one of these pet fish, then just get one as they are simply amazing especially when you see them filled up the whole aquarium.

Panda Platy
Panda platy is noted for its simplicity with the color combination of black and white shades that appear just like a panda bear. Normally the fish will have white covering the front part of the body extending almost until the caudal peduncle while the rest until tail fin are just black. Highly recommended and suggested for those enthusiasts who are looking for plain-looking and simple pet fish.

Tuxedo Platy
All Tuxedo platy have one similar characteristic that is having shades of black appearing on the middle of its body close to the caudal peduncle. Usually the black color will combine with either red (in this case it is Red Tuxedo), orange (Orange Tuxedo) or blue (Blue Tuxedo). Refer to the example depicted in the attached picture for better clarification.

Pintail Platy
If you are one of the hobbyist who prefer something different compared to the average normal platy, then you ought to consider the pintail. The most common mistake people made when comparing between a pintail platy and a swordtail is that they thought both fish are actually the same but they are not. Platy fish having rounder and shorter body will have the sharp pointy extended tail appears at the middle of the tail fin while for swordtail, which overall has elongated body will have the extended fin appearing either at the top or bottom region of the fin.

High-Fin Platy
High-Fin platy can exist in any type of color whether single or combined with different shades of color. The only requisite for this fish to qualify for the special name is the extended dorsal fin which grows longer as the fish grows older. Certain high-fins experienced difficulty when swimming due to the extra weight exerted by the trailing fin.

Comet Platy
Comets can be easily identified based on its black border/sideline appearing on the tail fin. Comets can appear in different colors ranging from red, orange or even blue (although in blue the border becomes less visible). A recommended variant of platy fish you should have for your home aquarium stock.

If you would like to read up more about this fish, read up on platy care and breeding.

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My fascination and interest towards aquarium fish has led me to devote my time towards caring and learning about this wonderful pet.

Aquarium fish keeping is a very challenging and exciting hobby. When I first started, I never knew much or have the necessary guidance back then because none of my family members were actually a keen hobbyist. And because of that, I’ve encountered numerous failures and the worst part is having to deal with dead fish every time when you started to grow fond and getting attached to my pets. However, I persevered and took steps to find out and search for information from other hobbyist, apart from the knowledge gained and learned from my own experience and research. The blog that I’ve created here is meant to share useful information and tips about aquarium fish keeping so that new hobbyist will not make the same mistakes that I’ve made in the past."

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