Well today I noticed the females looked a lot leaner. I thought to myself that maybe she gave birth, but then I was like yeah right, I've never kept any fish before that bred. So I hesitantly checked the tank out and didn't see anything and then just as I was sitting back thought I saw something move! I looked by the filter, which is black and then saw 1 small fry. It is clear and about the size of a hang nail. I counted 8-10 of them but they are difficult to see. I want to take some pics/video but I don't think they will show up at all yet. Also I read online conflicting things about whether or not they eat their young but I have not done anything special to prevent them from doing so other than putting in more plants (floating, extra frilly) and none have been eaten since I first noticed them. In fact one of the males was curious about one of the fry and I saw him closing in on the baby but he was very passive and seemed puzzled or startled by it. They are in my sight all the time. I have an efficiency/studio apartment so where ever I go in my apt since it is so small I can see them.
OK, so I was wondering:
1) What should I feed them. Right now I fed them New Life Spectrum small fish formula which are pellets and then I ground the pellets into a smaller size for them. Also there are plants and they seem to be picking at those too.
2) What do they need nutrition wise. I guess this is basically the first question but what I meant was do they need extra protein, calcium, etc.
3) I need to do a water change but I am worried they will get sucked up in the tube and I won't see them. They are extremely hard to see, but it the tank will be over due for a water change in a few days.
4) Is it safe, or should I add aquarium additives like stress coat by aquarium pharmaceuticals. I use it for removing chlorine, chloramines, heavy metals etc.
5) Is there anything else I should know about caring for the fry?