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Old 06-14-2011, 04:22 PM   #1
 
Surprised to find 2 fry

I was doing a water change and cleaning the rocks in my 10gal. tank. Using a water siphen to clean with. After removing aprox. 3 .5 gal. my daugter saw a small fish swimming in the tank. I checked the bucket and saw another one in there. I was able to get the one in the bucket back out and put it back in the tank. The only problem I think I have is that I don't really have a place for the new fish to hide. No floating plants...only a small cave that the other fish swim into also. I take it since one was in the bucket they are hiding in the rocks. I have only found two. Do you think there are more. I have three zebra danio, but have had them for more than three months, 2 platy just recently got them about a month ago, 2 cory catfish have had them for about 2 months.

How can I tell what kind of fish they are and what should I do?

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Old 06-14-2011, 05:37 PM   #2
 
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I was doing a water change and cleaning the rocks in my 10gal. tank. Using a water siphen to clean with. After removing aprox. 3 .5 gal. my daugter saw a small fish swimming in the tank. I checked the bucket and saw another one in there. I was able to get the one in the bucket back out and put it back in the tank. The only problem I think I have is that I don't really have a place for the new fish to hide. No floating plants...only a small cave that the other fish swim into also. I take it since one was in the bucket they are hiding in the rocks. I have only found two. Do you think there are more. I have three zebra danio, but have had them for more than three months, 2 platy just recently got them about a month ago, 2 cory catfish have had them for about 2 months.

How can I tell what kind of fish they are and what should I do?

Thanks,
Ashey
Congrats on the fry The platys that you have are they male or female? If you have at least on female platy my guess would be the platy. Often when you get female livebearers from the store they will already be pregnant. For hiding places you can add some fake plants in to give them a place to hide at, if you do not want to do real plants. The fry are good at hiding and from the experiences that I have read from others the will even hide in the gravel. There is a possibility that there could be more that the other fish have not gotten yet. Couple of things if you have one female and one male platy you can expect fry from the female about every four weeks. Also if you have one of each sex on the platys you really should consider getting another female platy. It is recommended to have at least two females with one male, so that the male does not overly harrass one female.

What to do is really up to you. With platys you will continously have fry, if kept in the main tank most of them will be eaten by the other fish, but there are bound to be some survivors from each drop. You have to decide how you are going to handle that situation, do you have people to give the babies to once they get big enough, or try to see if you could sell them to your lfs? You could always add another tank or two to the collection which would allow you more room, mts (multi tank syndrome) seems to be rather easily catchy once you get into this hobby Hope this is helpful...
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:08 PM   #3
 
Thanks for the info. Just after I posted one of the little ones swam from the bottom to the top. As I was watching it one of the danio's swallowed it up, so as far as I know there is only one left. Made a tear come to my daughters eye.

I would get another platy, however I only have a 10 gal tank and it is full. 3 danio, 2 play, 2 cory, 1 algae eater. really thinking long and hard about getting that second tank. This hobby is infectious.

Not sure how to tell if one is female or male. Got the fish from PetSmart.

Just found out how to tell from this site here. I think I have a problem!!! One female and one male Platy and not enough room in the tank to add another female. Looks like buying that second tank.

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Old 06-14-2011, 11:21 PM   #4
 
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If you do decide to go with another tank I would suggest at least a 20 long. The reason for this suggestion is that corys are social fish that are happier in a larger group than what you have them in and although I don't have experience with zebra danios my understanding is that they also do better when kept in a group. I am sure someone else from here would be able to verify that. I have seen people suggest keeping corys in at least a group of 3, although a larger grouping for them is better. The 20 long will allow the danios and the other fish more swimming room back and forth. Only question is what type of algea eater do you have, if it is a common pleco they get very large it is suggested that you have at least a 75 gallon tank for them, and they produce a lot of waste. If you have not checked out the fish profiles that they have here, then I would suggest to check them out. They are a great resource on getting some basic vital information for different fish. Good luck to the remaining fry in the tank, I saw one in my tank last week from one of my platys and haven't seen it since. Either he is hiding really good, or one of the other fish finally got him... time will tell.
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:06 AM   #5
 
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If you do decide to go with another tank I would suggest at least a 20 long. The reason for this suggestion is that corys are social fish that are happier in a larger group than what you have them in and although I don't have experience with zebra danios my understanding is that they also do better when kept in a group. I am sure someone else from here would be able to verify that. I have seen people suggest keeping corys in at least a group of 3, although a larger grouping for them is better. The 20 long will allow the danios and the other fish more swimming room back and forth. Only question is what type of algea eater do you have, if it is a common pleco they get very large it is suggested that you have at least a 75 gallon tank for them, and they produce a lot of waste. If you have not checked out the fish profiles that they have here, then I would suggest to check them out. They are a great resource on getting some basic vital information for different fish. Good luck to the remaining fry in the tank, I saw one in my tank last week from one of my platys and haven't seen it since. Either he is hiding really good, or one of the other fish finally got him... time will tell.

Danios like a group of 6, and they usually eat their eggs after laying them, so not really a problem with them, although i have had one hatched and stayed alive in my main tank before i accidently squished it trying to get it into the net breeder so it could grow :/
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:47 AM   #6
 
+1 on the Multi-tank-syndrome. If you want to raise the fry without too much hassle, get some guppy grass. You can grow it in any tank with just the minimal amount of fluorescent light. I have some sitting in a bowl with just some spill over light from my shrimp tanks and it keeps growing and growing and growing. They might as well call it guppy weed!
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