04-18-2010, 03:09 PM
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I am new to this, myself... and mostly have just read online how to care for fry, and it seemed that I should be feeding the fry about 3 times a day, maybe 4. And then everyone was saying the same thing for the fry as we say for the adult fish: to only feed the fry as much as they can consume in 2-3 minutes.
My first experience with fry was just a month ago. There were 23 of them and I fed 4 times a day, just enough for them to eat it all in 3 minutes. I had 2 or 3 fry die each day. Sometimes they were just missing, and sometimes I had to net them out. I also noticed that the majority of them were getting the s-shaped body, and later read that that may happen due to malnutrition... either not a good quality food, or not being fed enough food.
So! This month I had 4 fry from one mom (Mom had them in the main tank, and I only found 4) and 44 fry from another one.
I feed them 5-6 times a day. They are oinkers. And I've seen a big difference in their growth rate already, compared to the last go at it. The 4 that are 2 1/2 weeks old are already very close to 1/2 an inch. And the others aren't far behind.
Also, no s-shape to them whatsoever.
I personally think they need to eat more and more often than what some suggest, but you do have to clean out more often as well.
Maybe you can just siphon up the bottom of the tank daily, to pick up the obvious residue, and see if that makes a difference as well?
Last edited by babydevilsangel; 04-18-2010 at 03:12 PM..