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Old 01-26-2013, 08:01 AM   #111
 
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Oh, Sylver - you know it's all good :)

Thanks for the thought on the 5g, but I already considered it! It WOULD be nice to put them into a dedicated tank, esp as the kids would be able to feed them the fry food several times a day as they really need. I've been very careful not to clean any of the algae off the tank walls - aside from the front glass - in that tank, anyway. So that the Platy have something to nibble on over the weekends and such. So far, even the fry are thriving - it MUST be okay, as the first group was born during a week-long break! I did set up the breeding net for the first group - but that was mostly so that the kids would be able to get a good look. I don't think I'll be doing it again this time, as they've become pros at finding the babies in with the rest, and know EXACTLY where to look for them, and where they hide until they're big/comfortable enough to hang with the bigger fish.

There are a lot of problems that I came across when I was initially considering a dedicated fry tank at the school. One being that there is simply not enough space, nor enough outlets - I imagine the space could be created, but as it stands the tank is run from outlets attached to extension cords running all around the classroom, it's already a bad situation with ONE tank. . . and I couldn't figure out any way to really get the 5g up and running in addition to it. Meh, it is what it is, and PERSONALLY - I prefer to leave the fry with the community and let nature take it's course - provided the kids don't have to witness 30 fry being eaten by the adults! I think it adds interest for the children (and adults) to play hide-and-seek trying to find the babies - and remember - these fish WILL be coming home with me at some point, and I'm trying to LESSEN the tanks I have, not add to them - bad enough that I may have to set up a dedicated tank for them anyway - due to sickness, but my GOAL was to add them to my livebearer tank - and I won't overstock that. Plus, to be practical, it's hard enough for me to maintain the ONE tank at the school. Fry getting 3 feeds a day in a smaller tank. . . I suspect that it would be difficult for me to maintain the water quality and keep things as pristine as the babies need with the limitations I have to work around as far as getting into the school as MY schedule allows without interrupting the children during classtimes. Yes, the teacher would allow it, but I am SUCH a distraction to those children that it absolutley would be a battle for her to keep them engaged in their scheduled learning. . .

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Old 01-30-2013, 08:47 AM   #112
 
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How's the kindy tank going Jes?!?
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:18 AM   #113
 
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Looking good today! Four baby fish seem happy, and all of the adults are active and bright. Of course, I'm seeing everything in there with paranoid eyes - the black and white Platy, Tux, seems slightly thin (though she could have just had babies), and one of the biggest males has a pimple on his face similar to what our sick little Sunny has. Hopefully everything is fine and I'm just being paranoid, they sure seem happy in there! We're going to hope for the best and introduce a frog and a snail next week. The kids are really excited about it *crosses fingers*

As for little Sunny, he's here in my home looking exactly the same as before. I've been feeding him several small meals a day, and he's behaving perfectly. Looks like hell, but continues to eat well. *shrugs* Fish are weird! :D
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:17 PM   #114
 
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YES! They are - one of the reasons I chose live-bearers for this tank. The kids ADORE their babies, of course. They've been having such a wonderful time swooning over the little ones :D So far, we have 4 survivors - 3 from one batch and 1 from another. As long as the little ones don't have to watch the adults eat the fry. . . I'm happy with this number. I really don't want to get over-run with fry - always a concern with the livebearer bunch!
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:42 PM   #116
 
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I'm SOOO glad Jes! No problems to speak of and BABIES! I'm praying you are over the worst and can actually enjoy the tank a lil! The kids too!!!!
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:01 PM   #117
 
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Are all the babies in with the adults? So happy to hear everything is going well, I was really worried about the tank and the sick guy :(
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:02 PM   #118
 
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I am also glad to hear things are doing better. I hope once things get going your sick boy will get some weight on him. You always think at this point it'll just never happen! However, my little Ren, you know my skinny ferret that is a bit stunted? She's FINALLY gained some weight. She went from being less than a pound to almost two pounds. She's still skinny, but she at least looks normal. I thought it'd never happen. ^_^ Well, she did reach the year mark and is out of the growth stage, so maybe that's why. Even though the only thing on her that really grew was her tail. lol Maybe your little buddy will be similar, he's eating good you say...so maybe he'll catch up once his growing slows, or once he just gets to a point he can catch up!

Also, my Neon Red Swordtail, you know the one who blew up like a balloon out of nowhere nearly a month ago(My little cousin named her Chelsea)? She's been so much better for a while now, and she looks to be in labor today. =o I haven't moved her, although I'm sure she wouldn't have too much of a problem with it, being her and all. I'm so hopeful I'll get some babies this time. Last time I only got one and it looked like a bright green and silver with a black tail. I hope for more of those. That little baby died when I had that spike in the tank when I missed a change from being sick. >< I know I have a lot of babies, but I'm hopeful for these ones! And hoping she'll be ok, she was injured not all that long ago. x.x

By the way, you know I love froggies...I want frog pictures! :3
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:04 PM   #119
 
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Kind of off-topic, but I had a ferret given to me to nurse back to health after he was taken from poor conditions, and he also weighed less than a pound and was fairly old. We used Nutracal and a product called Duck Soup to get weight back on him. He chubbed up pretty quickly :)
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Kind of off-topic, but I had a ferret given to me to nurse back to health after he was taken from poor conditions, and he also weighed less than a pound and was fairly old. We used Nutracal and a product called Duck Soup to get weight back on him. He chubbed up pretty quickly :)
Oh yeah, Duk Soup is gooood stuff for ferrets, though it's not as good for fattening them up, it makes for a lovely, and very tasty vitamin supplement, added dry or wet to food(I add it dry a few times per week or make a gravy here and there for them to lap up), they eat more food. I use the highest protein foods I can find, 8-1 Ultimate mixed with Blue Wilderness DUCK cat food(has no corn, it's tasty and only given in small amounts, VERY high in protein), and some ferretvite to up the appetite, also very tasty.


Alright, back on topic. Chesh, do you have any new photos of the froggies? =o I know you usually haven't the space to get up more photos, but I'm just curious. lol I would love to see them. ;D After seeing the frogs in your photo thread by another member, I've just wanted to see MORE! And I figured it'd be fitting to see yours here. xD
And how is your skinny kid today? My little hi-fin decided to get clenchy, I'm moving him into the medical tank soon as I can get him near the top where I can grab him without doing any stressful chasing. I was what you'd call brain fried the day I got him and stupid me put him in the main tank whereas smart me woulda put him in the QT!
Try giving that skinny friend of yours some high-protein foods, sure not great for plant eaters to have often, and mix in some veggie matter...I like to get the Emerald Entree frozen food, it has it all. I mean I doubt it's gonna do much better than what you're already doing, but it might be worth a try. Meat with plant stuffs, less chance of blockages from the protein and he gets what he needs at the same time. My mollies and gourami's LOVE that stuff, love it.
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