11-24-2009, 04:03 AM
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The best and easiest way to ensure survival is to move the female to a very very heavily planted quarantine tank, and watch closely for fry to begin to appear. If they can find shelter she won't eat them. The larger the tank the better. Once you are sure she's done or you have enough fry to be happy with a new tank full, move the female back to the main tank.
Breeder cups and nets don't usually work very well, and are extremely stressful for the fish. Just keep in mind that the plants need to be extremely dense. Hornwort, java moss, naja grass, all work well for this.
How big of a tank is she in and how many other fish are in there? What other species of fish?
The fry will eat crumbled flake food if you rub it between your fingers until it is powdered. Because it is difficult to know how much to feed, and fry should be fed twice/day, its a good idea to do a daily water change to make up for the additional waste. This also would be easier in a bare bottom quarantine tank full of dense plants. The bare bottom would make it easier to find and remove the excess food and waste that collect so as to keep the water clean. Airline tubing makes a great siphon for such a thing, and is easy to avoid sucking up the fry in the process.
I hope this helps.