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I'm looking for a fish that would fit in a 20 gall long tank thats heavily planted and pick off some of my extra endler fry, someone gave me 15 of them and theyve quickly overpopulated my tank!
It needs to be something that wouldnt gorge themselves on fry like a betta, I still want to have some babies around, I just want to slow the onslaught a bit :lol:
It would need to be small enough that it wouldnt attack my adults either.
A singular fish would be best as well if possible, my tank is on the higher end of being stocked and I dont want to burden it with a school.
Ive got cherry shrimp too and would like to keep those living if possible, though I dont mind if shrimplets are eaten.
So a mid to top dweller thats wont gorge itself and isnt too big.
Maybe a honey gourami?
Here is the tank that has my endlers.
Ignore how unorganized it is right now,
Im rescaping this weekend :oops:
fish net and toilet would be a simple problem solver. but then again it comes down to your personal opinion on that method.
If worst comes to worst, I can drive the half hour to my LFS and just donate them.
what's in the tank next door? perhaps there's an option to the unceremonious flushing (but more just interested in what's in the other tank).
I cant put endler fry in there though, theyll cross breed and make my problem worse :lol:
Well.... that's the thing with live bearers, they breed faster than mice and will never stop.
Getting a fish to control the population isn't a very good idea. They might eat them all, they might only eat some, they might not eat any. You just don't know, and then what do you do with it if it doesn't do what you planned for it?
If you don't have a second tank that you could 'feed' with the babies than giving them to a LFS is the only other option short of killing them. Be warned though that the LFS may or may not take them, there is never a shortage of live bearers since they are so prolific.
Maybe set up a Betta tank and feed him the babies? Only other thing I can think of.
I have a spare 8g bowfront thats empty tight now that can hold said fish if it didnt work out and it fit, but regardless, I can see where youre coming from.
I may just get a betta and or some scarlet badis or something for the bowfront and feed the fry to them, that way I can control it.
I have a LFS that will take them regardless, I'm friends with the owner.
Whether or not I get store credit is another matter :lol:
I have a divided betta tank already but one of my bettas is blind and I dont know if the other will eat them, hes a teddy bear.
The blind one is master shrimp hunter though so it would be interesting to see if he could get the fry too.
ugh livebears, not my cup of joe =X
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