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post #1 of 23 Old 05-12-2014, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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I just got some Catfish fry.

This may not sound too exciting, but my eggs hatched and I have 4 baby cats. Never thought I would have any Cats since they have to be kept just so before they hatch.

I was watching the female lay her eggs, and then within a few minutes, the other female ate them all! So I watched her lay again a few days later, and this time I scooped them up and moved them to a separate container with an air stone. And I was amazed at how tiny the babies are, you need a magnifying glass to see them almost. But there are more eggs, so maybe I will have additional hatchlings.

If you have any suggestions about what to feed them, besides Hikari First Bites, please advise. Mine are not special cats, but they are still adorable anyway.

BTW these were in a small porcelain container (like for butter if you eat Lobster), and with a panty hose over the top to keep the other Molly babies from eating them, too. And they hatched! So you don't have to have a special breeder, just a way to keep them separate from the cat-eating fish.

30G, 20G, 20G & 10G Community tanks of Mollies: Silver,
Sailfin, Dalmatian, Lyretail, Gold Dust, Harlequin, Black
10G Teenage Mollies, some becoming males now ~8 mo.
10G Teenage Mollies, ~8 mo. & Gold Dust Sailfin BB male
20G Teenage Mollies, ~2-7 mo. mixed
10G tank for QT, & 5G mommy tank
10G new Baby Mollies ~appx. 2 wks-1 month ~150 fry
20G Corys 80 various sizes Adults 2F, 2M (& cory fry)
Snails 30+ (not Ramshorn, not Nerite)


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post #2 of 23 Old 05-14-2014, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Corydoras babies

Took a look this morning, and the 4 cory babies have multiplied to appx. 10, but still very hard to see them with the naked eye. They are flying around, so more visible because of the movement. Some eggs won't hatch and are a mess on the bottom, but no way to clean it yet. Keep wishing me luck with making them survive and grow!

30G, 20G, 20G & 10G Community tanks of Mollies: Silver,
Sailfin, Dalmatian, Lyretail, Gold Dust, Harlequin, Black
10G Teenage Mollies, some becoming males now ~8 mo.
10G Teenage Mollies, ~8 mo. & Gold Dust Sailfin BB male
20G Teenage Mollies, ~2-7 mo. mixed
10G tank for QT, & 5G mommy tank
10G new Baby Mollies ~appx. 2 wks-1 month ~150 fry
20G Corys 80 various sizes Adults 2F, 2M (& cory fry)
Snails 30+ (not Ramshorn, not Nerite)

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post #3 of 23 Old 05-14-2014, 12:41 PM
Do you have any snails in your tank? If so put a few in with the fry. They will eat leftover food, eggs that don't hatch, and stuff like that but will leave the fry alone. It's a good way to keep things clean in there.
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post #4 of 23 Old 05-14-2014, 01:31 PM
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Like any fry tank, water changes daily will increase growth. Fresh clean water! is a proven step in raising fry quickly. IMO, be really careful with temp and dechlor.

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post #5 of 23 Old 05-14-2014, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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I know I have some snails, just where are they?

When you want to find a snail, forget it, they are hiding somewhere. Other times, you see them cruising along, doing their thing. I am trying to find a couple... in my big tank, to move over to the little cat container.

How do you change the water when it is a small space and the teeny babies are all over the place? I am so worried about scooping them up. Never had any eggs hatch, so not prepared to take care of such tiny things. But they are alive and kicking! Maybe I can move them all plus water over to a larger tank, like 2G or 5G, that would be better...

30G, 20G, 20G & 10G Community tanks of Mollies: Silver,
Sailfin, Dalmatian, Lyretail, Gold Dust, Harlequin, Black
10G Teenage Mollies, some becoming males now ~8 mo.
10G Teenage Mollies, ~8 mo. & Gold Dust Sailfin BB male
20G Teenage Mollies, ~2-7 mo. mixed
10G tank for QT, & 5G mommy tank
10G new Baby Mollies ~appx. 2 wks-1 month ~150 fry
20G Corys 80 various sizes Adults 2F, 2M (& cory fry)
Snails 30+ (not Ramshorn, not Nerite)

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post #6 of 23 Old 05-14-2014, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Also, about the unhatched eggs...

I know why the tank has to be cleaned because of the waste there from the fish. But when you have unhatched eggs which are rich in protein, and have a strong potential for nutrients, why would you clean that up? It isn't waste that you are removing. Somebody please tell me with good data on this... I know you give birds the old eggshells and material inside of it left over. Why wouldn't the new hatchlings get benefit from the eggs?

30G, 20G, 20G & 10G Community tanks of Mollies: Silver,
Sailfin, Dalmatian, Lyretail, Gold Dust, Harlequin, Black
10G Teenage Mollies, some becoming males now ~8 mo.
10G Teenage Mollies, ~8 mo. & Gold Dust Sailfin BB male
20G Teenage Mollies, ~2-7 mo. mixed
10G tank for QT, & 5G mommy tank
10G new Baby Mollies ~appx. 2 wks-1 month ~150 fry
20G Corys 80 various sizes Adults 2F, 2M (& cory fry)
Snails 30+ (not Ramshorn, not Nerite)

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remove dirty water with an eye dropper ?
probably super long winded way of doing it,however perhaps less
chance of losing any fry.
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post #8 of 23 Old 05-15-2014, 09:21 AM
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How do you have these fry housed right now? In a fry net within a tank? and if so what size is the tank? Or, if this is a separate tub, how big is it? And how are you heating it or keeping the temperature steady?
And an eye dropper works... a turkey baster would be overkill even for such tiny babies. The force of the water would be too much. Better yet, even using a small dish to skim water off the surface and replace it fresh would be good.

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Trying to move them to a tank...

This morning I tested the water and found plenty of ammonia. Treated it, but decided to move them to a 2.5 G tank to get the fresh water and remove the ammonia problem. Right now they are in a wide vase with a flared bottom holds about 1/2 G (once was a Betta container). Can't find any of my snails. Have a bubbler in there at the top. See drawing at bottom. And after removing part of the water using a cup, and then swishing the rest over to the tank, 3 of them are still in the vase. Can't move them out! I am not sure where my eyedropper is, what else can I do to move them? Too small to net, hard to see anyway. Vase is too wide to fit into the tank, so can't just let them swim out. Most are in the tank, hope I didn't kill them moving them.

Help! Please!!
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30G, 20G, 20G & 10G Community tanks of Mollies: Silver,
Sailfin, Dalmatian, Lyretail, Gold Dust, Harlequin, Black
10G Teenage Mollies, some becoming males now ~8 mo.
10G Teenage Mollies, ~8 mo. & Gold Dust Sailfin BB male
20G Teenage Mollies, ~2-7 mo. mixed
10G tank for QT, & 5G mommy tank
10G new Baby Mollies ~appx. 2 wks-1 month ~150 fry
20G Corys 80 various sizes Adults 2F, 2M (& cory fry)
Snails 30+ (not Ramshorn, not Nerite)


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Get a cup and move some of THEIR water back to the vase. Swish it around and try to pour them out to the new tank. Keep doing that! It's like trying to swish grains of sand out. Use centrifugal force, it won't hurt them.

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