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trishalove 12-10-2012 01:41 PM

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?

Any ideas??

Smiley Green 12-10-2012 03:09 PM

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.

Sqbear46 12-10-2012 11:49 PM

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.

lakemalawifish 12-11-2012 07:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Smiley Green (Post 1344088)
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.

That is how Carnivore, Omnivore, Piscivore and other predatory fish survive in the wild and by having your own feeder fish you minimize introducing disease to your stock. But, care to not overfeed with live feeders. The more aggressive fish can get too many and have digestion issues that can lead to bloat which is usually deadly. We have never fed our fish live food for that reason, even though I am sure they would love it.

CountryChic 12-17-2012 04:24 PM

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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