Hi oldfishlady , well i have a bit of a problem.........-flashback!- today while cleaning the fish room i managed to knock over my bbs culture. My fry are 5 weeks old now and i was wondereing will they be ok without bbs , i having been feeding them powdered food but have been dropping in a bit of bbs now and then (everyother day) . Will they be ok to eat powdered fry food now? Or should i just wip up some egg yolk?
Or outside will work too, add a cup of pond water and you can also get a culture of daphnia going along with it and if you have mosquito....the mosquito larva are great to condition the breeders with-you can get them ready in about 3 days with live foods and you also get tiny larva that the fry will eat once they are about 1 or 2 old and big enough
Yes, make green water....lot of sun, something green and some snails
I keep 1g bowl in an east window full of plants and common pond and ramshorn snail you can use lettuce, hay, green grass clipping too
I siphon or dip the green water and add to my tanks
I also do this in the spawning tank too-but different-mature tank, live plants and snails natural microorganism for free range feeding
Watch the fry stomach-it should look round with black dots and orange/pink with BBS feedings
Leaving the male with the fry vary from male-to-male, with some of mine I remove the male once the spawning act is over and others are still with their fry today after 3 months-the longer he can stay with the fry the better, but if he is eating them, well-you don't want that...lol-also, often the first spawn from the female you can get old eggs and the male eats them and it take a second spawn from her to get fresh eggs...I usually wait at least 3 days between spawns on females if well conditioned to start.
I feed fry-infusoria and newly hatched BBS-once the BBS absorb their yolk sac they have little nutrition and you can see sudden death problems
I would set the BBS hatchery up 24 hours apart and hatch small amounts at a time feed within 24-36h of hatching them-I usually start hatching BBS when the fry are about 4-5 days old-but I also have mature tanks full of micro organism for the fry to eat once the fry absorb their yolk sac at 72-80 hour mark