06-30-2009, 02:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Swords and Mollies
Three of my last batch of swordtail fry are missing. I saw two of them lying around at the bottom of the tank earlier today. I think I may be feeding them too much. Looks like there is alot of food and/or crap all over the rocks.
Should not be food and crap laying on the bottom of the tank. Usually vaccuming the gravel during weekly water changes will prevent this,along with not overfeeding. Adult fish will eat baby fish if kept together. Some fry will survive and some won't.A tiny pinch of food for young fry twice to three times a day is recommended. I'm talkin bout a dime size amount in the palm of your hand. Crush it or grind it up into almost a powder. then feed a portion of this amount to the fish. when it is consumed,, feed a little tiny bit more. If these baby fish are in the same tank as adults, then plenty of artificial hiding areas should be added. Plants,rocks,wood,etc taking care that they are safe for the aquarium.While mollies and guppies appreciate warmer water the swordtails would prefer cooler temps.