Walking by my kids 20 gallon Glofish tank and i notice a little swimmer. I looked a little closer and noticed a bunch more of them.
Have kept aquariums for close to 15 years but have never attempted to raise any of the fry. I am well aware I cannot sell them but would like to raise some for our tank and a few of my friends with aquariums set up have asked for some.
Never done this before so here is what I am doing, I need the feedback from this forum and any suggestions that you guys may have.
Got a 10 gallon tank out of the attic, rinsed it out well and set it up. I have a long air stone running and a heater running. I scooped all the fry out that I could find, probably close to 30 of them and then I siphoned the gravel out of my 20 and ended up with a ton of eggs (no clue if they have been fertilized or not). I placed the fry and eggs in the 10 gallon.
Here is my problem, none of the filters that I have can run in the 10 gallon. They are too strong. I even went and bought a power filter rated for a 10 gallon and had to immediately turn it off a couple of the fry were sucked up in it. They were ok because I had already suspected this might happen and had no media in there. They were just sucked up and sent right back into the tank.
I have ordered a sponge filter, my LFS closed down and I don't have one in town other than Petsmart which does not have sponge filters. It should be here Tuesday. But, even with that, this 10 gallon has not been cycled since it is only set up for 1 day.
My question is what do I do about the cycle? I would assume that these fry make very little waste but I know that I am going to create ammonia feeding them the baby brine shrimp. My plan, as of now is to do a 50% water change every other day and try to keep levels down. LOL, I did it this morning and even though I just used airline to siphon out the water (which takes for freaking ever) I still sucked up 5 fry and had to net them back out of my waste bucket. I was going to continue the water changes and continue to dose the tank with Seachem Prime every 48 hours.
If I had planned to breed, I would have set up this tank, seeded it from my other tank, and let it cycle for a couple of months prior to adding fry and eggs but this was not planned.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Especially your thoughts on what to do about this tank cycling. Will the large water changes keep the water clean enough for the fry to survive? How long, on average, will the fry have to be in the 10 gallon before they are big enough to go in the actual Glofish tank? Will the eggs that are just lying on the bottom of the tank actually hatch or can I siphon them out because they are no good?
I know lots of questions and a long post but this fry and egg stuff is new to me. The kids are excited about the "baby fish" and I just want to try to do all I can to keep them alive.