Originally Posted by email4stouder
If you put her in a 10 gallon tank what keeps her from eating the babies. I figured with grate in the bottom of the breeder that would keep her from eating them. I have 1 baby in my big tank that has survived for several months now. I was just trying to get a few more.
Use of plenty of hiding areas for the fry (ie plants, spawning grass, etc) provide a better setting for both mother and fry. Because this fish does not appear all that close to dropping her fry, she may be confined in this small breeding box for days/weeks from now - which, in itself, can be very stressful for her.
You can actually allow for fry to be born directly into your community tank and have a good survival rate by providing good cover for fry in the community tank. We don't use a brooding/rearing tank and still become overpopulated a few times a year due to the survival rate of fry in our community tank.