Originally Posted by Guppie
I have 3 female mickey mouse fish, the 4th was a male and he mysteriously died. 2 of the females are pregnant and apparently one is in labor now because I just saw a baby fish hiding at the bottom of my tank. Please help me. I don't know what I should be doing if anything. I don't know what it looks like when a baby is coming out of the mom, I don't know how many she has given birth to already. They seem to be small enough to hide in the spaces between the rocks. How do I keep them safe? How do I get food to them if I can't see them? How do I help mom give birth? Should I be feeding them while she's in labor? I read somewhere that I should turn off the tank light so I did. I don't have a breeding tank or anything like that. Should I turn off my filter so they don't get sucked in? How long does the whole process take and how long does it take for a baby to come out?
5 gallon Eclipse Hex 5
Water temp is approx. 75 Fahrenheit
there are plants in the tank (2 bamboo and some grass looking plants)
there are some sea shells
Yes you should feed the parents while in labor.
Nothing you can do to help give birth.
The best thing to do to help the fry is provide hidding places. Most likely the parents and other fish will eat the fry as soon as they come out. Or anytime they are out.
They make food for baby fish, but if you are feeding flakes in likely hood the flakes that fall to the bottom will be consumed.
The cause of death for most fry is filter death if the filter is not fry safe.
The process could take a day or a few hours.