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What to do with all these fry??
Hi everyone. I'm (was) a new fishkeeper. I didnt know much when I first got my tank. I bought livebearers because fish store told me they were the friendly fish. I guess I knew livebearers could have babies but I never realized the fish I bought would come already pregnant. All three of the livebearers (1 guppy, 1 platy, 1 molly) were pregnant when I got them and continued to have more pregnancies. Everyone that I talked to assured me "it would all work out." At the same time I bought the 3 livebearers, I also bought a cory, 5 neons and a snail. With all the births my 20 gallon tank is overcrowded.
There are about 60 guppy fry in there right now, 4 large molly fry, and about 8 guppy "juveniles" - one is already pregnant it appears. Anyone know what to do with these fish? Petsmart said they will not take fry. I can't find any ma and pop fish stores in my area. Would anyone want these fish? Advertise on Craigslist?
I have sold fish on craigslist before, so that is an option. This website also has a forum for selling stuff, so you might want to post a thread in there. Don't know if you were planning on adding another tank anytime, but I had a tank with livebearers and one with cichlids for a little while. Some people think it is mean, but I fed the fry to my cichlids. Took care of my overpopulation problem and made my cichlids very happy. That is just another possible option. Hope it helps.
I too will be having the same prb as I have about 40 baby red platy's in my 5 gal nursery tank, with yet another pregnant red platy in there about to give birth any day now.
I'm glad have a small fish store that is close to me and takes all my platy babies once they are 1" or over. The average I usually get is 12 cents a fish in store credit. I don't understand why petsmart, pet depot, ect. Don't accept fish. Half of there fish are dead anyways :/ I can't imagine what I would do with all my babies is they didn't buy them off me!! Goodluck finding homes for all of them or just feed them to your other fish.
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