Hello Aaron, bigjohnno will give you the best answer on here that you'll get.
But all I will say, as a large breeder of a massive range,,,,, is that if your choice is to breed peps and anything else really, is that, if you try to fast track and go out and by adults mix and matching, then level of success is much much lower,,,,,,, As many people trade in their unwanted non-performers from their matured breeding groups.
Not all are equal as far as being reliable breeders.
Some individuals don't or hardly ever breed, some have small egg clutches, some have huge clutches, some breed like rabbits.
Many, many years ago I spent ages picking up matures and mix matching trying to breed, and only once or twice I got crappy little clutches that just fungused up.
I went to someone's house to buy a group of Paratilapia pollini,,, and they gave me free tiny peps about 1.5cm and about ten of them.
Took some time to grow, but in the last few months they've kicked in and madly actively breeding no different to my high performance breeding bristlenoses.
Effort on superior water conditions with premium foods and starting with a good number of juveniles is always best for supreme breeding configurations.
Edited by Buccal, 30 January 2016 - 09:06 AM.