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post #1 of 11 Old 02-12-2011, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Question Care and feeding of surprise platy fry?

A strange turn of events. I set up a 5-gallon aquarium for my mystery snail this past week because fish in my main tank were picking on him. Unfortunately, it was too late for Mr. Snail and he died before I could introduce him to his new home. I was really sad, but decided that as long as I had the small tank set up, I should put something in there. I love platies, so I brought a couple female bumble bees home and woke up to surprise fry this morning. I separated the adults into the main tank and am hoping I can raise the fry in the little 5-gallon. I am just wondering what to feed them. I tried some small flakes of fish food, but the babies ignored them. There may be algae living on the plants, but I don't know if they will eat that or not. Also, I have concerns about raising these youngsters in an uncycled tank. I am testing water daily with the API kit and was already planning for water changes. I can't imagine they will produce much of a bioload, but I am concerned. Anyone else ever have to deal with something like this??
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-13-2011, 12:01 PM
For food I suggest hikari fist bites. I have a small batch of guppy fry and I am feeding them that. They chow down like no ones business. I don't know about the fry in a new tank

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1 Botia Straita
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post #3 of 11 Old 02-13-2011, 01:26 PM
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mine ate wordley's shrimp pellets. They crush easily pinching them with your fingers. I also crushed flakes with a penny in the lid.
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post #4 of 11 Old 02-13-2011, 02:04 PM
I have done that before but I used a spoon

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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post #5 of 11 Old 02-13-2011, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for all the helpful suggestions. I couldn't get out to the store to buy First Bites, so I crushed flakes today. Most of the little ones seemed to go for it. I do have some left over shrimp pellets from my snail, so I'll give those a try too.
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post #6 of 11 Old 02-13-2011, 08:29 PM
Good luck

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-16-2011, 05:54 PM
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Hey!! Story of my life!!! Surprise fry from guppies alllllll the time. That should be a fine setup, make sure that your flakes are extra small. Live plants are awesome for babies! Do water changes alot and I have gone to petsmart and asked for those little tiny brown snails that live in the live plants tank, they will usually give you around 2. Those are great buds for fr, and keep it clean too! Sponge filters are VERY helpful. VERRRYYYY. Message me if you have any more questions, I can probably answer them. I have been raising guppies for about six years, I LOVE them. Good Luck to you!!

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5gal
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I own freshwater fish. My favorites are Guppies, and I am getting back into platies again after a few years.
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post #8 of 11 Old 02-17-2011, 11:50 PM
I have about 12 fry in a breeder net

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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post #9 of 11 Old 02-18-2011, 06:07 PM
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depending on the size, the fry can become over crowded and die, but if its big enough you shouldnt have a problem.

30 gal
3gal
8gal
5gal
1galbowl
1gal corner tank
20gal

I own freshwater fish. My favorites are Guppies, and I am getting back into platies again after a few years.
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post #10 of 11 Old 02-18-2011, 06:30 PM
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u can message me with any questions i used to breed all kinds of livebeareers i have 4 prego platies i almost brought back the ocelot guppy but then haad a tank crash and lost all my progress since then i gave up and what i was crossing was dark colored variegated guppys and snakeskin guppys and feeder guppies u cross those u should start getting close ok juliem
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