09-14-2011, 02:03 AM
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When I kept live bearer's, I found that placing LOT"S of artificial floating plant's, or live floating plant's, would increase fry survival rates with these fish.
Fry from these fish are instinctively drawn to the surface to feed on plant matter,algae,and critter's found on plant material.
Hiding area's such as caves or rocks may be used but are not natural to them. Females may use such area's when being hounded by males or just before birthing, but floating cover or large planted area's are where the majority of the fishes sought/seek shelter and food.
Sure some fry were eaten by other fishes,but with floating cover,, many survived.
Diet of algae based foods or vegetable based foods are much better for these fish than foods rich in animal proteins which should be offered maybe once a week.
Spirulina flake,Omega One veggie flakes,produced the best result's with respect to growth and health of developing fry.
Just my two cent's.