Okay - so, thursday i brought home 5 swordtails. (2 males and 3 females) and they're in my 10 gallon tank (though i hope to set up my 30 gallon for them sometime soon)..
well, two of the females had fry within the second day. and there were ALOT of them! i was not expecting it to happen so soon, and i dont have enough plants for them to hide in, so i caught as many as i could and moved them to my three gallon tank (filled with water from the ten gallon) I got about 50 into the smaller tank, but there were still some in the ten gallon. That was last night, this morning, all fry seem to be doing good. (Meaning none have died) i bought some fry food for them, but it seems to be too big and they can't eat most of it, and they seem to be having an easier time eating the crushed up bloodworm and flake i gave them. But i can't find any of the fry left in the big tank, so I think they've been eaten. (makes me glad i moved the others!)
Now, my questions :
1) At what age should the fry be big enough to be put safely back with the adult fish, without risk of being eaten?
2) right now, they don't have a filter going because i need to find some kind of material to put over it - i dont want them to be sucked up. Is that okay?
3) is what they're eating okay?