05-14-2012, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Sam Crow
As far as reproduction goes, unless I want to save a few fry, I let nature take it's course. As cruel as it may sound, eating small fry is part of a fishes diet and part of life. I've never had a problem with reproductive overpopulation. Most of the time, I never even notice when one gives birth, as the fry are all gone as soon as they are born. Only once in m years has a fry survived without my help ( a Mickey Mouse Platy, who is still in my tank after 2 years).
But yes, they need a bigger tank (at least a 20 gallon setup). As suggested by Termato, you can likely find a very cheap 20 gallon (or larger) tank on Craigslist or Ebay. I keep an eye on my local Craiglist for tanks (even when not in the market for one). Often you can find one for little money and sometimes free. A lot of people either quit the hobby or have to move, thus giving you a great chance to get a great tank and extras for little money to no money. A guy I know once got a 120 gallon tank with coral inserts, filtration and live saltwater fish (complete setup) for FREE on Craigslist. Some lady divorced her husband and gave away his setup worth well over a grand just to spite him. I'm telling ya, keep a check on it and you will eventually find a jem.
Mine don't seem to be able to eat enough fry to keep them in check lol. I do have a lot of plants and a lot of hiding places though.
I just found 3 fry in my 20 gallon tank last week. Their brand new, so I moved them to the fry tank because they lived lol.
I only seem to have 1 molly fry and over 30 platy fry.
I have over 30 fry in a 10 gallon now. (they will soon be distributed amongst my tanks and the pet store lol)
Last edited by Termato; 05-14-2012 at 02:09 PM..