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Old 03-17-2007, 06:55 AM   #11
 
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blimey! congrats :):)
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Old 03-17-2007, 10:12 AM   #12
 
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Nice!! I hope they all do well!! How is the mom doing?
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Old 03-17-2007, 08:19 PM   #13
 
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shes doing fine. swimming about and eating well. the babies are all a kind of blonde colour if that makes snese - not orange but not silvery either which is the colour alice (mummy) is. are they likely all to stay this same colour or do you think some might change a wee bit? maybe some turn out a bit oranger or darker or something. a couple of the babies look darker than the rest but theyre so small and still kinda transparent so i cant tell. i dont really mind what colour they turn out im just interested to know.
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:31 PM   #14
 
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I have had 3 batches of fry from 1 mommy molly (who is no longer with me *cry*) and 1 batch from a swordtail. All the molly fry came out half clear on the front with black tails, and later developed into orange/black, and now most of them are almost totally orange. The only swordtail left out of 40 (only 1 made it) was all clear at birth and is now silver in color. I think most of them change color, or develop color as they age, but I am no expert I just love seeing the little guys grow up :D

Glad to hear the mommy is doing ok, hope she makes it thru and has another round someday!
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:29 AM   #15
 
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this morning i woke up to find that 8 of my little babies havent made it. this is day 2 of their lives. i have never bred fish ebfore but my mum breeds dogs and i know that often it is almost expected to loose one in a little now and then. considering the dogs only have about 4 or 5 at a time and i have had 29 as i mentioned im guessing that, sad as it is, this is just to be expected? if not can anyone tell me what im doing wrong? i moved them on thier first day into a different tank so they wouldnt become food but the water parameters are fine - they are in a tank that has been establishged for a long time and the cories in that tank are also doing well. i have been feeding them crushed flake food (crushed until it is pretty much a powder)i am going to get them some baby brime shrimp or see what my lfs recommends today.

also if this is just to be expected, am i likely to loose more? how long do they need to survive until they are "safe"?

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Old 03-18-2007, 10:23 AM   #16
 
You are expected to lose some, but I'd bet the corys are eating them. That was my case a few months ago. I let them out of the breeding net too soon, so a few were eaten. Out of about 20, 4 made it to maturity. 2 are pictured in my other thread.
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Old 03-18-2007, 01:30 PM   #17
 
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they arent disapearing , they are just starting to float at the top. even more have died since i came home today and now i only have 7 left!!! i have moved the remaining 7 into a breeding unit and floating it in the tank just in case the cories are eating them but like i said the bodies were floating and didnt look damaged so i dont think thats the case. hopefully these will make it but im not so sure now :(

any ideas anyone so i can try to save the remaining 7???
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Old 03-18-2007, 01:57 PM   #18
 
Well heres what I did when I had fry. Keep them in the breeder thingy for a couple of months. Feed them little and often. Like 3x a day. Also, every day you should shift the breeding net thing to get some water flow through it. Its a little restrictive. Oh, and make sure your temp is between 76 and 80. Thats where my fry seem to be the happiest. Still, the corys *might* be killing them but not going to the top to get them. My cory killed little fish but didn't eat them. But, I believe you if you say hes not killing them.
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Old 03-18-2007, 02:06 PM   #19
 
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I have 2 breeder nets and switch the fry out of them every week or so to keep the net clean. I also feed them First Bites food for the first few weeks, then just smash up the flakes a little once they are big enough to eat. You can find the First Bites in just about any store that has fish stuff, its in a little ziplock pouch.

As I said in another post, my molly gave birth 3 times and out of those 3 I have 3 total fry who have survived, 1 from the first round and 2 from the second. And out of 40+ swordtail fry I have 1 left who is still in a breeder net. I know everyone here suggests to let them give live birth in the tank with lots of plants but I have a 90 gallon and didn't have the money to spend to get lots of plants at the time so I just kept them in the nets for about 2-3 months.

You could do everything possible to ensure your fry will live and you will still end up having many die on you, sadly thats what happens. I hope the remaining ones do well...I really would move them into a net though and make sure they are warm enough, I put mine closer to the heater in the winter because it gets realllly cold in my house here at night.
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Old 03-18-2007, 02:08 PM   #20
 
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thanks for the replies. i had them only at 74 so that could have been the cause. i have since put the temp up a bit since i put them in the breeder unit but im not hopeful for the now 5 remaining. they just seem to be fading away - getting less and less energetic until eventually they just die. im gutted. i was so excited about having fry and i seem not to have given them a chance of surviving thoguh i dont now why this is.

if theres a next time ill just scoop them into the breeder uni but keep them in the tank that they were born in and see if it makes any difference
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