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post #11 of 21 Old 07-25-2012, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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Now I am wondering if I will need to take out all the fake grass to clean the bare-bottom ...
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post #12 of 21 Old 07-25-2012, 10:17 AM
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Now I am wondering if I will need to take out all the fake grass to clean the bare-bottom ...
Didn't notice that you had no substrate. If it was me, I'd just kind of move around with air line tubing. For example, put the end of the tubing all but touching the bottom for a couple of seconds, then move a few inches away and do the same thing. Break the bottom of the tank down to about 3" squares, then siphon with the tubing in the middle of the squares. Hope I'm being clear. I'm afraid you'd really be opening up a can of worms by removing the plants. Naturally, check the bucket for babies before you dump it.

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post #13 of 21 Old 07-25-2012, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Yes I think i get what your saying. The thing is not being able to see everywhere all at once. It might be easier if i could find some rigid tubing to attach to my airline tube. I went ahead and tried it by removing most of the grass making sure i swished it around so any babies hiding would swim out. But just another precaution i made sure i siphoned out some water into the bucket before hand. That way if i had a traveler from the tank to the bucket they would be put right back into tank water. Then of course putting it all back without squishing any babies is stressful.I made sure to check my bucket before dumping it out and yes one had traveled to the bucket via the fake grass. So yeah maybe the rigid tubing with your plan will work better. None of my LFS's have rigid tubing that i could find..so i will have to order it online even though shipping is ridiculous.
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You might want to check Home Depot or Lowe's for tubing. I've gotten stuff from them for siphoning my tanks and such - it's the exact same stuff, only MUCH cheaper ;)

Just keep a close eye on the parameters in that tank. I know first-hand that keeping a fry-tank clean can be a difficult task - all that tiny food, all that tiny poo! :)
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post #15 of 21 Old 07-28-2012, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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How long do I have before they run out of room in the 5 gallon?

3-platy fry that are a month old
@11- 6 day old platy fry
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post #16 of 21 Old 07-28-2012, 05:40 PM
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What else is in the tank that the parents are in ?

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post #17 of 21 Old 07-28-2012, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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The mom's are in a 10 gallon by theirselves. And I also have a 37 gallon with 2 goldfish in it. The only reason i haven't put the 1 month old in with the mom's is their still small enough to be eaten. And that would only be 3 less in the 5 gallon.

I have thought about putting the 2 mom's in the 5 gallon and the babies in the 10 gallon. And I have also consider re-homing my goldies and putting them in the 37 gallon. I did consider buying a 20 gallon but then the only place it could go would be in the way.

And if them being in the 5 stunts their growth they need more room and i have been told LFS's don' t take them this little...
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post #18 of 21 Old 07-28-2012, 06:57 PM
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My Platy babies have been with the parents since day one. I'll bet the older fry would be in no danger at all with the moms. The moms might chase them a little at first because they're new to the tank, but they wouldn't/couldn't eat them at this point. You have options with the 37 gallon. How big are the goldfish ? Remember, live bearers will put you in the fish business whether you want to be in it or not. You'll be in the same situation as you are now all the time (where to go with all the babies). Who knows, you could become the supplier of platys to a few LFS. I have a 55 gallon tank with a minimum of 50 platy babies and their parents right now. Platys are one of my very favorite fish, but I like community tanks with a variety. I'm thinking of putting the parents back into a community tank and letting nature take its course.

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post #19 of 21 Old 07-28-2012, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Ive been told goldfish are usually about 3 months old when sold in petstores. If that is true then my two goldfish are about a year old. About 5 inches long a piece. And ive been told goldfish are not compatiable with majority of fish. It might be best to have six platy in my ten gallon and two in my five and all female or re home my goldies and turn their tank into a platy tank and use the five and ten as nursery tanks.
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post #20 of 21 Old 07-29-2012, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Just bought and moved them into a 10 gallon instead of a 5 gallon. Hope that helps :)
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