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jstengren 01-11-2010 02:04 AM

Unexpected Children!
 
So, I recently added a German Golden Ram pair to my 12 gallon Eclipse. They've been acting super-aggressive lately, chasing everything around the tank incessantly. I decided to watch them for a bit to see what was up, and it turns out they're guarding a little pool of grey squirmies! They're parents.

What do I do! I wasn't planning on raising baby fish, and I don't want them to injure my other fish, but I don't want to kill the little ones.

Help!

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mollies 01-11-2010 02:26 AM

Do you have another tank to put the parents in? Thats what i would do. Or take all the fish out untill just the babys are left in the tank, get a bowl, Put some tank water in it. then take all of the Little fry (Baby fish) in the bowl. Now they will live in the bowl untill morning no more then 8 to 10 hr. So that way you could get a breeder net or a diffrent tank to put them in.

jstengren 01-11-2010 02:31 AM

I don't... just have this one tank :( They haven't injured any other fish so far, and not sure how long they've been rearing the fry. They've been esp aggressive today, so probably not long. Just cleaned the tank on Friday, so Saturday at the earliest. I have 8 ember tetra, a dwarf gourami, and 3 amano shrimp on-top of these two. Eep! Going to consult my LFS tomorrow about the situation. Don't really want to buy another tank just for this unexpected situation! Oh boy...

mollies 01-11-2010 02:39 AM

Then if it dosent bother you to much i would just leave them in the tank and they will Survive if the parents are defending them. All tho som will be eaten. Just get a bunch of small bushy fake plants and let them float at one end of the tank. PS your fish may keep breeding and have more fry.

jstengren 01-11-2010 02:42 AM

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Originally Posted by mollies (Post 303882)
Then if it dosent bother you to much i would just leave them in the tank and they will Survive if the parents are defending them. All tho som will be eaten. Just get a bunch of small bushy fake plants and let them float at one end of the tank. PS your fish may keep breeding and have more fry.

I'm mostly worried about them injuring my other fish in such tight quarters... my gourami is constantly being monitored by the rams and kept at a distance. I feel really bad for him b/c he pretty much can never relax without being nipped-away.

mollies 01-11-2010 02:46 AM

Pull out the fry and take them to your lfs they might take them off your hands. then the parents should calm down after they notice they are all gone.

jstengren 01-11-2010 02:49 AM

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Originally Posted by mollies (Post 303884)
Pull out the fry and take them to your lfs they might take them off your hands. then the parents should calm down after they notice they are all gone.

Using an eye-dropper? Or turkey baster? I mean, they're basically the size of fruit flies... little squirmy dots in a tiny grey pool. Not even free-swimming yet.

iamntbatman 01-11-2010 03:11 AM

You won't be able to transport them at such a young age. I would at least try to grow them out a bit before trying to take them to the LFS.

The problem is that your gourami is probably going to figure out that the fry are edible, and then, unless he's a complete wimp, will get confrontational with your rams about trying to eat them. I had this problem back when my krib pair had their first batch of fry and the dwarf gourami who lived with them at the time was pretty interested in eating those fry, which led to problems.

I would just sort of keep an eye on the situation to see how it plays out. You may wind up needing a breeder box or something just so the parents don't kill the gourami in the process of protecting the fry. But, if no fish are getting injured by the protective parents, I would just let things play out naturally.

Freddy 01-11-2010 10:46 AM

Well, if you had to you could add a tank divider, but that would halve the water space for all the fish. Are the fry in the middle of the tank? If so, the parents would attack any fish at any distance and keep them at the edges of the tank. If possible, move them to one side of the tank so the other fish will have more room, and like mollies said, you should add some bushy plants so your other fish will not be tempted to come near.


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