Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources

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Emphasy 07-16-2008 08:56 AM


Okay, I am buying three Mollies today. A female and male Dalmation, and a female Black. I am also buying a suckerfish of some sort. I am looking to breed. Right now I have a tank with rocks and a filter/pump. If I buy some plastic plants and put them in the corner will the fry be safe? What would happen if I just let a plastic plant float on the surface? Would the fry be safe there? As for feeding, How often do I feed the adults, and how often do I feed the fry? (they'll be in the same tank, so how do I go about that?) and If I rub tropical fish flakes between my fingers until it's fine, will that be okay for the fry? Also, how much do I feed the adults/fry? I'm sorry for all the questions. I just need to know before we go to the store tonight. an dI can't but special food for the fry, or a breeding tank, so plants/rocks are going to be the only hiding place right now.

Please help,

Steve N 07-18-2008 12:01 PM

Try to get plenty of plants that have fine leaves. It will give the fry more places to hide. You can either anchor the plants or let them float. I find most of my guppy fry down on the bottom the first several days. The female will seek out the plants when she drops.

I feed my guppy fry ground flakes. I grind between my fingers, like you said in your post.

Freeze-dried baby brine shrimp are great treats for both adults and fry. I just drop in a frozen, or thawed, block, and let them have fun. It circulates around and gets eaten pretty quickly.

Keeping the fry in the adult tank guarantees some will become dinner. Its nature, so don't fight it. Some adults are more cannibalistic than others, so your death rate will vary. Some will hide long enough to grow up. With mollys, I think you will have a new batch every 4 weeks or so.

Alf 07-27-2008 10:55 PM

there are also thing called net breeders that u can get at your lfs. it just hangs over the edge of ur tank and u put the pregnant female in there and when she has the babies take her out of the net and that will insure that she dosent eat them. (as long as u take her out fast enough) but that will give ur babies a safe place to get bigger untill they can be taken out of the net

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