So, I have three swordtails in my fish tank that I thought were all male unil a few days ago I found 3 little fry on the bottom of the tank. I found out online that they actually will eat all of the young if given the chance and I wanted to try and save the fry. Well, because it was late that night and there were no stores open to get any equipment I didn't know what to do. I didn't think I could catch them because they were so small and fast. The next morning, which was yesterday, I thought they were all gone. But, this morning, I found all three of them again.
I was wondering how to take care of these fry, should I try to catch them? I really don't think I can because there are so many places they can hide and I can't catch them. I have been dropping alge/spirulina flakes to the bottom of the tank so they can eat them. Would they be okay if I just keep feeding them that way?
Also, I really need to change the water in my tank and also need to do some gravel vaccuming and clean all of the plastic plants and change my filter cartridge ect. But, I don't know if I can do this because of the small little fry in there. What do you suggest? Should I just do a water change and stay away from the gravel, and change the filter cartridge?
How long does it take for baby fry to get big enough to not be fish food anymore? they're probably about a centimeter long now.
Anyways, thanks for any advice, I really appreciate it! Also, what would you do if you had a 16 gallon tank and you didn't want over population in the tank if you have livebearers?