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afishpond 10-25-2012 09:10 AM

fry food
been seeing a lot of you have fry's and are stuck as to what the fry's will eat and that's why i was adding this here.I raise bettas and guppy's and I like to try new foods on them the best thingI have found has been baby bites, you can feed this from start till about 2 weeks then they need more .Newborn fry's from 1 to 4 day's green water will do .After 2 weeks you can feed them all kind of food I like micro worms easy to keep, vinger eels and brine shrimp are great to and easy to keep .When feeding keep in mine not to over feed them or you will fowl the water and kill your fry's.Good luck with your new fry's hope this helps .:lol:

SeaHorse 10-25-2012 09:25 AM

Tip #2 for Fry:

Fry will grow twice as fast if you do excessive water changes. Keep it pristine ! Studies and comparisons have been done to prove this. So if you are raising fry to sell to your LFS (local fish store), who only want them once they have reached a certain size, then step up the water changes in the tank!!

afishpond... awesome idea for a thread!! .... let's see how many tips members can post for FRY, we can always rename the thread later. We can clean it up and delete anything that doesn't fit down the road and maybe it will become a reference sticky!

Fry Experience Members: Please add a FRY TIP... what you do and why you do it! Make it clear, well written and share your experiences for our new fish Moms and Dads. Thx!

afishpond 10-25-2012 01:27 PM

yes water change is great on them and if it betta fry's a must easy way to do is with an airstone on the end of a line siphon water out this way will save fry's to.White worms are alos a great for and utub has some good ideals on how to keep them going i also like daphina but they can be hard to keep .Live food is one of the best foods you can feed fry's.

Thoth 10-31-2012 09:20 PM

+1 on the micro worms.

I have been using them on my Cory fry. The micro worms survive almost 2 days in the water. It makes it much easier to keep the water pristine as suggested above, which will cut your fry loses significantly.

Lil Swimmers 11-01-2012 10:14 AM

Fry Size
Hi, I am very new at this... Joined last night. Joined TropicalFishKeeping. real life about 2 months ago. I saved 5 Zebra Danio Fry that were hatched between Oct 18 -20. I am wanting to find out how big they need to be before I can introduce them back into my 10 gallon tank with the parents and won't get eaten by them. All I have in the 10 gallon tank right now is 1 female zebra danio, 1 male zebra danio and a sucker fish. Any ideas on what size won't be lunch....:-?

SeaHorse 11-01-2012 11:03 AM

Hi and Welcome. Fry need to be bigger than the biggest mouth in the tank.

Lil Swimmers 11-01-2012 11:08 AM

Fry Size
I pretty much got that :lol: but will the adult danio nip or harass the lil swimmers?? I am going on vacation over Thanksgiving and I would like to have them all in one tank by then. but I don't have to...

SeaHorse 11-01-2012 03:15 PM

To achieve fast growing Fry, daily water changes if you can. Pristine water!! Feed twice a day. And there's still a few weeks till Thanksgiving.
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afishpond 11-04-2012 12:44 AM

decapped brine shrimp work good on fry's to and if you don't have any thing on hand you can feed a boiled egg and mix the yoke in water and feed that for 5 day's or more.also golden pearls work good.

lucklein 11-10-2012 12:04 AM

Thanks for all the good ideas! I have a brood of baby Kribensis at the moment. They were escorted out of their cave by their mom last week. I will be stepping up the water changes (I have only changed it twice in the last week) and I like the idea of using an airstone when siphoning. (I have been using a container and scooping out of the top of the tank)
I've been squirting some stuff called Small Fry into the tank to help with feeding. They are also eating off the leaves of the plants and for the past day or two have been enjoying frozen brine shrimp. I dropped a couple of algae tablets which they also swarmed around. Believe it or not, the parents will actually take some food and spit it at the cloud of babies - so I really don't need to intervene too much.

BTW both parents look after the babies really well, and it is so interesting to watch them all parade around the aquarium.
Re: danios - I personally wouldn't trust them with the babies. I would leave the babies to grow up a bit in their own tank rather than take a chance. I have had some pretty feisty danios so I guess that's why I would be a little hesitant. I have heard that if you have a large school of danios, they stick to themselves, but if only a couple of them, and they go kind of rogue.

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