03-02-2014, 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by rsskylight04
When i was keeping livebearers I used a 10 gallon tank, heavily planted as a fry tank. as the females got close to birthing, I would put them from the community tank into the fry tank untill they dropped the babies. With all the plants to hide in, the very pregnant mothers couldn't catch many of the fry, and the few she did I counted as payment for the new batch. Idealy you would have two fry tanks, one just for birthing and one for growing the young. The key is for the tank to be full of plants so the fry can conceal themselves and be out of sight from the adult females.
I did the same thing. Water Sprite was a great for baby livebearers. My dad made a 'trap' which was a rectangular plastic container that hung on the tank, with several slots he cut on the bottom, allowing the babies to fall through to safety. It's pretty much the same idea as a 'guppy trap', only bigger and not V-shaped.