03-19-2010, 09:49 PM
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Waiting is the hardest too......I have found the breeding nets/traps to be stressful on the females and can cause premature births due to poor water flow and decreased water quality, I like to have lots and lots of plants especially floating plants for the mother and then fry to hide in...Hornwort
, water lettuce, Duckweed
are my choices with my livebearer..not just for hiding places but for the micronutrients they provide for the fry, I also like to have bushy stem plants as they seem to like to be at the top or bottom at different stages of growth and development....depending on why you are breeding or letting the fish reproduces, (profit or hobby) I like to let things happen naturally as long as I give both mother and fry a fighting chance for survival...some are going to get eaten and for me I accept that as part of survival and natural selection..... usually the weak or deformed go first and this give the strong and healthy a better chance......
I have found water quality plays a big role in who survives as well and it can even help the mother give birth to stronger fry that will have a better chance...being dropped fully formed and ready for life......