Roy Khoo (zoids)
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JE: How did you decide to take the plunge into breeding as a professional endeavor?

RK: I have not plunged into breeding discus as a professional but have a day job and a partner who manages the hatchery full time. I would visit the hatchery during the weekends to help out and to pair off the adult fishes.

JE: What were the major obstacles involved in setting up as a breeder? Any advice for aspiring breeders?

RK: Breeding fishes with vigor and nice body shape was difficult. There were many occasions where me and my partner would sit in front of a tank of fry at 1-2" and critique each fish for body shape, gill cover, eye and finnage.

For aspiring breeders a word of advice is always start with good and healthy stock from reputable breeders. Choose the fish yourself if you can or ask for second opinions.

JE: How many pairs do you currently have producing? How many tanks? What would be the maximum you could handle with that system?

RK: We have about 15 pairs breeding at any one time and the other pairs are in the community tank resting. The pairs are usually rested for about 1-2 weeks depending on their condition after breeding. There are 51 seventy-five gallon and 21 thirty gallon tanks in the present setup. If the hatchery was to be fully utilized, it should be able to accommodate about 2500 2" fishes comfortably.


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