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Providing cover/hideouts for fry
Old 03-10-2010, 06:08 PM   #1
 
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Providing cover/hideouts for fry

I do not always manage to isolate the mommas and sometimes the fry end up in the 'big tank'. Also, it would be very easy to end up up to my ears in fish. What is a good way to provide some cover for fry? The tank is planted, but it is fairly new so the greens are sparse. I bought a tank ornament that resembles an ocean coral organism, it has 'cubbyholes' of various sizes. A fry could very easily hide in some without a bigger fish able to stick their heads in. Other holes would be no help, but maybe better than nothing.

I think I have seen on occasion 'fish fry grass' in plastic. They can either float or be buried in gravel.

Any ideas here?
thanks.

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Old 03-10-2010, 06:26 PM   #2
 
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You best bet is Java moss; grows quick you can make it grow as a carpet and fry can hide out in it till they're big enough.
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Old 03-13-2010, 12:16 AM   #3
 
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I'd also buy some floating plants fake or real. I find lots of my platy fry in there.
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Old 03-13-2010, 08:24 AM   #4
 
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Floating Plants like hydrilla are your best bet

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Old 03-13-2010, 10:14 AM   #5
 
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i think its called water wysteria....its a plant that grows tall and wide with thin leaves that the fry can hide in and the adult fish carnt get to the fry....im not 100% on the name tho :):):)
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:24 AM   #6
 
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I would not add Hydrilla to any size tank - People from FL know what I'm talking about that stuff is not just invasive but will REALLY take over your tank in a matter of days and you won't see any more fish BUT only hydrilla

Floating plants like Pennywort work too; Water wisteria is good as well; any fine plant really. You can find a very good selection of plants here www.sweetaquatics.com
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:37 PM   #7
 
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BTW I'd reccomend Water Lettuce, Anacharis (as a floating plant) Green Cabomba, Hornwort, Hydrotriche Hottoniiflora, and Limnophila Indica All available from Sweet Aquatics. :)

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Old 03-13-2010, 10:06 PM   #8
 
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I would not add Hydrilla to any size tank - People from FL know what I'm talking about that stuff is not just invasive but will REALLY take over your tank in a matter of days and you won't see any more fish BUT only hydrilla

Floating plants like Pennywort work too; Water wisteria is good as well; any fine plant really. You can find a very good selection of plants here www.sweetaquatics.com
Actually i've kept them how they grow dependes on the Lighting , like mine it did'nt grew widely with 1.3wpg and if it grows widely just remove some of it.

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Old 03-15-2010, 01:46 PM   #9
 
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thanks all...
now that the weather is warming up, I can hazard ordering some plants online.
Hydrilla sounds aptly named.
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:37 PM   #10
 
Exclamation How do you care for Fry?

I am new at raising fish. The petstore guy told me I have 2 guppies, and 6 mollies. Two males and 4 females for the mollies and one of each for the guppies. They range is colors. I cycled the tank once before the fish came home. I didnt know I was suppose to do it just sounded good at the time. Anyway, Ihave noticed that all my females are hanging around the bottom in corners. I woke up this morning and I had 6 baby fry!! My question is this, What should I do with the fry as far as keeping them safe and not get eatin. I dont have any live plants although, I have my eye on a few. I would like to keep at least a few of the babies until the tank is full. I have a 30 gallon tank. I need all the help I can get... Your help, information, and anything else is greatly appreciated.
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