Originally Posted by platyfishlover123
Okay is there anything I can do to my tank to get it ready for baby fish?
Firstly, you should scrub the spare 5 gallon tank with very warm/hot water but DO NOT use cleaning detergents or anything like that, just plain hot water then leave it out in the sun for a few days, if any of those parasites can survive that, then good luck to them.
As for setting up your current tank for the babies, you should put a few floating plants in it, they will hide amongst the leaves at the top of the tank and it is also easier for them to accept food when you give it to them, also put a couple of hiding places on the bottom of the tank, I like to use small cut off pieces of plastic pipe and upturned plastic cups with something under one edge just to lift it off the bottom so they can get in and out if need be, anything at all will do.
Feeding them is no problem, there is no need to get fry food, its expensive and completely unnecessary, just use the food that you feed the other fish but really grind it between your fingers as you put it in the tank so that it is not much more than powder, and feed them twice a day.
After the fry are about 2 to 3 weeks old, you can catch them (good luck!) and put them in the 5 gallon tank that you have scrubbed thoroughly and have started running about a week beforehand.