04-12-2010, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by NoaDon12
ok, thanks!!! another question!!! what do bloodfin fry eat?! i got some more tetras on thurs, but the guy there gave me the smallest bloodfin in there! i don't know what it will eat if it doesn't eat flakes! and another question; is it natural for a growing swordtale to nip at their peers anal fins? cuz thats wat hes doing!!! is this going to be harmful at all to the other fish? (flame dwaf gourami) and stangly enough, the swortale only seems to have a problem with my gourami....................?! thnx!!!
If the bloodfin is large enough to be in the store tank, it is past the "fry" stage. It will eat like the others; flake foods are accepted by bloodfins, and while they have teeth to chew them up or break them apart, you can also crush a couple flakes with your fingers and add them with the regular flakes at feeding time. I regularly have true "fry" in my tanks and those that manage to survive predation and grow to where I notice them, feed on minuscule aquatic life that occurs in an established aquarium, zoo plankton in the algae mat and on wood and among floating plants, etc. I crush up a few flakes when I see these larger fry and they readily eat them.
Re the swordtail, this is common with male swordtails, they can be bullies. And a gourami with its long feelers and slow sedate cruising is a prime target. To avoid stressing the gourami, can you separate them, like a different tank? The gourami if constantly being harassed will be stressed and this means health problems that would not otherwise occur. I do not recommend breeding traps, although it is a temporary solution if a new tank (even a 10g) for the gourami can be set up.