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Old 05-17-2011, 05:57 PM   #1
 
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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?

Tank info:
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


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Old 05-17-2011, 06:06 PM   #2
 
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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?

Tank info:
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


Please HElp
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.
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:40 PM   #3
 
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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.
How do I know if my filter is fry safe?
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How do I know if my filter is fry safe?
If its not a sponge filter its likely not fry safe. Pretty much any filter that sucks water into it will suck the fry into it. You can put panty hose over the filter intake to save the fry but be prepared to clean it at least once a day if not more.

You could also cover the intake with filter pads.
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:50 PM   #5
 
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If its not a sponge filter its likely not fry safe. Pretty much any filter that sucks water into it will suck the fry into it. You can put panty hose over the filter intake to save the fry but be prepared to clean it at least once a day if not more.

You could also cover the intake with filter pads.
ok. i'll try the pany hose thing. how do i know when she's done giving birth?
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:13 PM   #6
 
she will be morea active, and much smaller, the pany hose will need to stay their for a while fry if you have any left are very very small and don't get big to fast. To be honest when the birth is unexpected and you have not prepared ahead of times you almost always lose 95% of the fry. The parents or other fish eat them, or the filter eats them.
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:33 PM   #7
 
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she will be morea active, and much smaller, the pany hose will need to stay their for a while fry if you have any left are very very small and don't get big to fast. To be honest when the birth is unexpected and you have not prepared ahead of times you almost always lose 95% of the fry. The parents or other fish eat them, or the filter eats them.
well i saw one a few times. i dont know if it was the same one or if it was 3 different babies. I saw one swimming through the spaces between the small rocks. I thought i had more time. i was gonna go to petco and buy a separate tank or something in a couple of weeks. i just put the thing over the intake and i checked the filter to see if i saw any unlucky babies and the filter was clean so they're either still hiding in the rocks at the bottom of the tank or they've been eaten. I dont even know when the labor started so i have no clue how many babies came out, or if she just started or is almost finish. She still has a huge gravid spot so im guessing there's still plenty of babies in her. thank you so much for helping me to not overly freak out! is there anything else i should do? should i be aware of anything?
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