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the93z 06-12-2008 02:44 PM

Not sure what to do
 
Well ive had my 10 gallon tank for a while. I have a mix of fish including mollys, and not sure what the others name is. I have a few questions.

First: One of my fish look like its about to die. But i have been noticing fry everywhere. Ive counted 5. So is the fish that looks like its about to die just giving birth or what? Cause I am no expert and very not sure what to do.

Second: I bought this net breeder from petsmart, so I could put the fry there so they dont get eaten or sucked up. I have put 4/5 fry there that I have found. Am i doing the right thing, isolating them from the other fish?

Third: What should I feed them? Very small flake food, and is there any other conditions I should be aware of? This is my first time. Thank you.

okiemavis 06-12-2008 04:32 PM

Hello and welcome to fishforum!

1) Is there anything in particular that makes it look like it's dying? Is it the one having fry? If you're quite worried I'd recommend checking out the link below and posting in the Emergencies and Disease section.
http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=882

2) The net breeder is a very good place to put the fry if you want them all to survive, as platies can be known to their young. Keep in mind that livebearers reproduce constantly, so you will quickly run out of space in your 10 gallon.

3) You can feed them flakes that you crush up to make very small. You can also purchase fry food or make your own with egg yolk. Hard boil an egg and take a little bit of the yolk. Mix that bit with some of the tank water and drop into the net with the babies. They'll munch it right up. Remember they only need a little bit, only feed as much as they can eat in 1-2 minutes or you'll just end up with dirty water.
Another good fry food is called 'infusoria' which is basically little single-celled critters who live in water. They can be cultured, but they also occur naturally in the aquarium, especially in dense plants. If you have any java moss in your tank I'd recommend placing it in the breeder net, as that's a perfect place for infusoria.

herefishy 06-15-2008 12:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by okiemavis
.... 'infusoria' which is basically little single-celled critters who live in water. They can be cultured, but they also occur naturally in the aquarium, especially in dense plants. If you have any java moss in your tank I'd recommend placing it in the breeder net, as that's a perfect place for infusoria.

I would hope no one has a large amount of infusoria being cultured in their tank, as they, the infusoria, are feeding on decaying vegetable matter. And as we know, decaying organic matter raises nitrites and ammonia levels in the tank. It is far better to culture infusoria in a dish and not in the aquarium.


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