Originally Posted by gilly67
Also where I live the water is so bad I dare not put it in my mouth let alone my tank!
How ironic... "Location: Clearwater Florida" is that a place or is that a joke? :p
Anyways, what kind of water do you drink or use to do water changes normally, then?
Baby fish do appreciate at LEAST weekly water changes. Every day is the BEST, even 2 times a day. But, the benefits of doing 2 water changes per day is not worth the minimal increased growth probably. I'd say maybe change the water 2-3 times a week and that should be good.
It also depends on how much fry you have. Frequent water changes are necessary so you can feed your fry OFTEN. I was reading on raising livebearer fry last night and it said 5 times a day was the best. So with this much feeding you HAVE to do lots of water changes to keep water quality good!
I am pretty sure that fish food is good for fry. I use it and it's specially formulated for babies so I assume it's good.... Haven't used it long enough lately to notice any effects.
Lastly, a large tank will help. 20g should be good in my opinion. You can move them to your 120 when they get about 1 inch and raise them in there? I have read that fry like to be kept in smaller tanks when just born. It makes them more secure. Then they can be moved to larger grow out tanks after they grow a little bit.
Heres the summary : Clean water (do water changes every few days and add plants if you can), Food 5 times a day (less is fine but the more the better), a large enough space for them to grow out in.
I am having problems with my fry not growing large enough and their growth being stunted. Recently I've been feeding my fish more often and I'm noticing better growth.