Originally Posted by Termato
I have over 30 fry in a 10 gallon now. (they will soon be distributed amongst my tanks and the pet store lol)
I have 3 fry (a Dalmatian Molly and 2 Mickey Mouse Platy
) in a 3 gallon tank. I saved them a while back after noticing them during a water change. There were 2 Dals and 4 MM Platy
, but half of each died. It's been about a month and a half now, and the surviving 3 are doing great. I decided to keep them because I will be moving all my current fish into a 55 gallon in a few weeks. I'll have room for them then.
I always have a pregnant fish in my tank. There is never I time I don't. I wake up one morning and what used to be a big-bellied pregnant female is normal size again. No fry to be found. What my Molly, Platy
and Swordtails don't eat, my Cory Cats and snail does. My tank is planted well, but not planted enough to provide great cover for fry (on purpose).
A part of me wants to save every fry I see, but then the reality of keeping enough tanks for all these fry (and the extra added expense) kicks in. If a fry is strong enough to survive my tanks, then they will have a home for life. I'm guessing my fish have had thousands of fry over the years. Only one survived on it's own without my help. Talk about natural selection. That one fish is the very definition of "hardy". He was conceived, born, survived, grew and lasted in my 29 gallon for 2 years now. He is one of the few fish I have that I may tear up over when he passes.