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post #1 of 6 Old 06-16-2013, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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Hi friends, i got a new Molly from the store and within a couple of hours, she gave birth to 19 Molly fry.
I have temporarily moved them to a new medium sized Fish Bowl (seperated from their mother).

What should i do next?
I have crushed the foodpellets and given it to them. Also i hav given a small amount of frozen dried worms.

I ll keep u posted about any further developments.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-16-2013, 06:47 AM
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They'll need a bigger home with heater, filter (sponge), etc. A lot depends on what you plan to do with them. What are your plans ?

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-16-2013, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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i m planning to raise them. i was thinking of building a diy fry tank which floats in the bigger tank and has a net at the bottom so that the fry dont go out of d fry tank.
Also the net will allow filtered water and oxygen to enter the fry tank.
And also the fish waste can fall down thru d net into d big tank.
Something like dis

will this setup be enough to keep them healthy nd alive?

Also, i need help with fry food. are just the Crushed pellets ok?
i saw some videos about turning the fish pellets into liquid paste..

and also is der any other thing to keep in mind?

thanks for the help :)
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-16-2013, 07:34 AM
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Are we talking about the 15 gallon tank ? Do you still have the angels ?

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-16-2013, 07:44 AM
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Congrats! You are on the right track. The key points are maintaining clean water for them so something to allow water flow thru floating in the main tank to maintain a steady temp is perfect. That will do for a couple of weeks... they just have to be bigger than the biggest mouth in the tank that could eat them if released.

The biggest thing for growing fry fast is water changes. Daily water changes! Studies have been done comparing the growth rates of fry and water changes will dramatically increase the rate of growth. I personally have purchased commercially sold "fry food" but that isn't necessary if they will eat the ground up regular food.
It may take a day for them to adjust to being born.
It is also my experience that fry seem very "bored" in a small fry net... lol... the sooner you can find a bigger place for them to swim and explore the more you will enjoy them!! The key is maintain the temperature and clean water. I like to give them plants or cover too to feel safe. I use real plants but I have used plastic and just laid them on the surface above them. Your little floating container looks awesome, can't tell how big it is... just make sure "old food" doesn't collect on the bottom, keep it cleaned out daily. I use a "turkey baster" (kitchen utensil-tube with a squeeze ball on the top).

Hope this helps. Keep us posted!!

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-16-2013, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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yes i still hav the angels.. yes the same tank.. i hav a spare fish bowl too but i m worried about d filtration nd oxygen in the bowl.. i dont hav an xtra filter or an air pump to provide it to d bowl.. so i was thinking why not make that DIY thing i posted up there nd hang it in d water..this way d fry container will get fresh water nd oxygen nd also be safe from d angels..

thankyou :) yes.. i will keep that in mind..
One problem is, if i keep d DIY container in d tank, how do i do water changes? i ll hav to perform 20% water change everyday on d main tank dat way..

4 fry died.. :(
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