Three of my last batch of swordtail fry are missing. I saw two of them lying around at the bottom of the tank earlier today. I think I may be feeding them too much. Looks like there is alot of food and/or crap all over the rocks. I changed almost half of their water today, in case it was getting nasty. The 5-one month old swords, the two and a half week old molly, and the other one and a half week old sword seem fine. What should I do, if anything? Besides cut back on the amount of food I was giving them at a time. Would putting a pleco in with them help? Do they eat extra food of the bottom or would he eat them?
I would not trust a pleco with any very young swordtail or similar small fry. A pleco is not the peaceful vegetarian that they are often thought to be.
I agree on the Pleco note.
But to my understanding WCs should be preformed daily on fry tanks and the fry should be fed smaller amounts 3-4 times per day for best results.....thats what I've read, never kept a fry only tank myself though.
Thank you for your input. Not discounting what I said earlier, but I wonder if it could have anything to do with them being born only 2 and half weeks after the first batch. Is it possible they were born premature b/c of the warm weather here of late. I've tried to keep the water temps below 80, but hadn't suceeded 100%.
i would take the pleco out :)
I never put him in. All the last batch disappeared/died. The older five and the molly are still fine though. I wonder if they were premature. There was only 2 and a half weeks between them and the others. Same mom.
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