Give me your best tips on setting up a breeding/fry tank
Now that I know my Von Rios spawned without my help, I'm going to try to get them to do it again on purpose. (In about 3 weeks or so.) This time, I want to do it right with a separate tank. What do I need?
So far on my list:
Sponge filter - although I don't really know what kind to get. Suggestions welcome.
10 gallon tank - is that large enough?
Raised mesh bottom so eggs will drop through uneaten
Some floating plants, clump of java moss
Microworm culture for feeding fry
What else? Please feel free to make suggestions. I've been doing a lot of reading and research online, but sometimes that's more confusing than someone relaying their actual experience.
here is a link that may help
How to Raise Baby Fish Successfully - Page 1
You might want to have a baby brine shrimp hatchery to feed the fish after they have outgrown the micro worms. Hatchery's aren't too much work to maintain, and they're worth the extra effort since you will get better fry survival rates.
One thing that you will need to have is an infusoria/green water culture, but these are really easy. Just get a jar of dechlorinated water and a pinch of fertilizer. Soon you should have pea-green water. Most tetra's, including the Von Rio's, will not be big enough to eat micro worms for the first few days following the consumption of their yolk sack.
Finally, this is completely optional, but it would be to your benefit if you added indian almond leaves, oak leaves, or beech leaves in the breeding tank. One of the benefits is that the indian almond leaves provide supplemental infusoria for the fry to feed on. In addition, a bacterial film grows on the decaying leaf, and this bacterial film is most likely the natural food that wild fish fry eat. Also, the leaves leech out compounds that prevent against bacteria, fungus, and other threats to your fry and prevent your eggs from fungus. Indian almond leaves are the best, but if you don't want to buy them, it is fine to collect oak leaves or beech leaves, provided they are not near a road or any other source of pollution. Make sure to wash these leaves under tap water to get rid of any contaminants. Here is some more info on the leaves. Using Indian almond leaves in aquariums
Hope that was of some help :-)
EDIT: just saw that the eggs are light sensitive, so your going to want to cover the tank with a towel after the eggs have been laid.
This site is always full of good info on fish, if you havnt already, check out the flame tetra(von rio) profile.
Make sure you have somewhere for the fry to go otherwise you could have some issues
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Thanks, amazon21! I hadn't read anything about adding IAL to the water.
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