03-09-2009, 12:39 PM
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Ok, tried the boiled egg yolk dissolved in water. I mushed the egg yolk into tank water, just a small amount in a plastic baggy. It diffuses very quickly. I turned off the filter and poured some in the net. I am not sure how to tell if the fry have yolk sacks attached still or are "free swimming". A couple can go up and down the side of the net, the rest hide under the plastic frame of the breeder net.
I noticed the neons run up to the bottom of the net when I pour the egg yolk in so I tried putting a canopy plant under the net. The fry move around more with the added cover. Pour babies - it must be like a surfer seeing a shark coming up under their board when they see the neons coming up under their net! The neons don't get in the plants much, so I think the babies will feel safer now.
I also shifted the net to the edge of the tank where the current isn't as strong so the egg yolk mixture would not get sucked out so fast. Also put canopy plants around the sides. I left a bit of egg yolk in bigger particle to leave while I am at work. Not sure they can eat it, or maybe it will pull apart with the current throughout the day.
Fry are bigger, but not real active. Is this normal? They move around most when I move the net.