Originally Posted by tomcatguy74
Now........what do I do with them?!?! I can't catch the little buggers because they go through my net and they are FAST!!!!!!
I cannot get another tank so thats out. Wife doesn't quite like this one.
What to do.
I have a way and it worked great if you dont want to go out and buy a new tank or breeder box.
What i did with my first lot of platies that came unexpectedly a week after i bought her, i cut a 1.25L coke bottle in half and used that.
Cut it in half, wash it, cut a few small slices in it for some airing around the sides, cut a circle up the top so you can tie something to a piece of cord and hang it over the side of your tank with the bottle floating on top next to the glass.
I put a few little pieces of plant ends in with the fry in the floating bottle just so they know they have cover and can get used to it before you put them in the tank.
Once you have this set up the babies will start polluting the water with their poops and leftover food so you will need to change the water every couple of days. To do this all i did was take out the plants (if you decide to put any in) and make sure you can see the fry so you dont tip any out, and just pour the water back into the tank. when most of the water is out you then either move the bottle to a different part of the tank or wait for the stuff you tipped out to drop to the bottom.
then to refill the bottle just tilt it at the top of the water and have a stream of water coming over the edge, whatever bits of poop and food that was left in the bottle will get splashed around and you can pour it out again and refill till you have nice clean water again.
I attached some pictures so you can see my invention