05-06-2014, 08:45 AM
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Well first...when you have fish breeding it's best to either give the fry away(many pet shops will take them for free, fastest way to get space. Waiting until they hit sell size takes months and in that time your tank will suffer). I would take some of your males and sell them, maybe some females too. Then do a large water change, maybe forty percent. Should help a great deal. That should take care of a large part of your first and second question.
Hiding spots. Gently put them in and try not to pester the fish, most are curious after initial uh-ohs and the like.
Plants...stem plants, they grow fast and you can clip and replant.
Java Moss and/or Willow Moss makes lovely hiding for fry and an interesting mess for the adults to check out.
Anubias are large leafy plants your fish will appreciate. You can get the nanas which are smaller.
Umbrella plants are a smaller leafy plant.
Sword Plants have long leaves, usually thick with them if they have proper lighting, a root tab may help. Do not bury the crown or they will rot, they like the roots covered but no higher.
Plant up your tank. The fish may get a bit stressed while you have your hands in there, but typically get over it pretty fast when they see new foraging and hiding areas to play in. Live plants will also help out a little bit with keeping the tank filtered and create more oxygen. They will not do everythign for you, but they take the edge off of it provided your tank isn't too over-stocked, and with all those babies it certainly is. I breed livebearers, so I know how it goes, and how fast it can happen! =) My sympathies. lol I have several tanks and recently converted a pool into a place to raise fry so I can cut down a great deal on over-stocking.
If you have babies an inch or more, you should look for shops that will actually buy them, provided you have no illnesses in the tank and that they are in good shape. Same applies online, like Amazon...again, provided they're not sickly or in bad shape. Otherwise I suggest you give them to a petshop that will take them for free...otherwise you will continually get over-stocked. Best way to prevent it further is to get rid of all your females. Males will still try to breed with each other, may even bicker, but you wont have more babies or stressed females. If you want to breed, best to have no less than four females per male, five with multiple males.