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Old 06-05-2010, 11:24 AM   #1
 
Rescued Babies!

I work in a pet store and the other day I found a little guppy fry in the female guppy tank. My manager said I could take it home for free since baby fish that we find here can't be sold. Today I went to work and my manager said he saw a baby molly or platy in the tank and after a little searching I found it and fished it out. When I caught the little baby he told me to follow him to the back. He showed me the tanks that sit below the fish wall that the filters empty into. He said "On occasion we find baby fish in there that the filters suck up. If you want to fish them out when you find them in there, you can have them." I immediately ran to get a net and today I rescued 5 baby livebearers. I'm not sure exactly what they all are. I know I have some sort of mickey mouse platy (I can see the little marking near it's tail) and one of them is silver/white. I have a 2.5g I can put them in for now. I have to go out into the storage and get my 10g out and clean it up.

Since I plan on fishing out babies whenever I find them, I know I'm not going to be able to keep them all. I will probably adopt out babies as I grow them up, but how many babies can safely live in a 10g?
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Old 06-05-2010, 02:07 PM   #2
 
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Well most live bearers can get to be 1 and 1/2 to 2 and 1/2 inches(as adults). The rule is one inch of fish per gallon. I would say from my own experience with them that two baby mollies equal and inch er so. Platies and guppies are lil smaller then the mollies. But i think two babies per gallon is OK and since they don't eat a lot its not going to hard on your bio load. Oh and just in case you don't know they need a variety of foods, you can feed them some of the yolks of hard boiled eggs,(be careful of the amounts you feed them, to much will cloud the water) finely crushed flake food and frozen or live baby brine shrimp they also sell powder fry food at pet stores.
Good luck with the baby rescue :)
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Old 06-05-2010, 02:18 PM   #3
 
I've gotten the okay to set up a 10g tank, but it will take me a while to get it set up and up and running again since I might have to wait to purchase a new filter and such. We shall see. These fish will not be with me forever. I will probably be fishing babies out of there on a weekly basis (I caught 5 but there were probably another 5 in there) so I will probably just be raising them up and adopting them out. I think I have 2 mollies. The rest are either guppies or platys.
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:27 AM   #4
 
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good luck to ya.....i asked at my local pet shop but they wouldnt let me take the fry...:(:(:(
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Old 06-06-2010, 09:34 AM   #5
 
Found another 3. All platies.
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:34 AM   #6
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Good luck I have a feeling you are soon going to be overran in fry! Well maybe you can work something out with your store, maybe they will take them back once they are big enough in trade for like some food or something.
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:29 PM   #7
 
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yh thats a good idea :):):)
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:14 PM   #8
 
No, the store has a strict policy about taking in animals and reselling them. Though, I could contact another pet store and see if they would be interested. :) The little fry are sooooooo cute! I tried getting pictures but all I got were little blurs of color.
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