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- Ehh, it'll take them a while to wean completely, you'll want to keep them on crushed pellets more than the adult brine, I'd do bbs in the afternoon crushed pellets at nooning and night to see if they will wean faster that way. I'm taking mine slow because I don't need to rush for anything, but you might want to just skip straight into the 2:1 pellets:bbs stage. You might lose some of the smaller ones from this, but its better than not having the majority weaned by the time you go on vacation.
- 7 weeks is a good time to start weaning, but I would start with some crushed pellets. They have more nutrition in them than bloodworms....you could definitely try the adult brine too, but make sure you are feeding bbs at the same time so that if they havent got the idea of pellets yet they dont starve.
Right now mine are on Microworms and getting NLS Small fish formula, MW's in the morning and before bed, the NLS around lunch....soon I'm going to make 2/3 meals NLS and then eventually all will be NLS.
- I think you can cause issues if your fry are getting a lot of unhatched BBS eggs.
How have you been siphoning the BBS off to feed? I usually shine a torch about halfway up my hatchery jar and the BBS congregate around this. Then I just siphon it out with airline tubing into a cup with a coffee filter over the top and it seems to give me much less eggs and egg shells.
Worst that happens is it is too big for your fry, but if it is live they should go for it. My fry take on live blackworms that are twice the size of them. I figure fish fry in the wild would probably eat whatever fit into their mouths as they would want to grow as fast as possible.
- Hi Alunjai,
If the fry are big enough to take a food, I will start feeding it. Usually you will find that for bigger food if they are interested, they will pick at it and play tug-of-war with it so it breaks up and they can eat it.
Fry can take on surprisingly large food. I have fed some of mine frozen brine shrimp and they are not that big.
Also if they are big enough, now might be the time to start introducing a high-quality, high-protein pellet if they aren't already on one. I try and wean my fry onto pellets early on as some can be buggers about switching over.
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