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beetlebz 03-03-2010 04:55 PM

sword questions... newbie
soooo i just had my first successful batch of sword fry in the fry tank i set up :D

the bad news is, i count about 6 of them lol is there any way other than trial and error and floating plants to keep momma from snackin on the youngins?

Angel079 03-03-2010 06:10 PM

Even with floating plants them momma's are darn quick if I think back to when I had Swords: pop fry-eat fry-pop fry-eat fry....Others then these 2 in 1 breeder "cages" things you can't do much about it. Unless of cause you'd like to spent some quality time with the mommy and snatch them off as she's giving birth right then & there :-)

beetlebz 03-04-2010 08:52 AM

well, i expect to lose alot of them, but all but 6 is alot more than i expected lol

Angel079 03-04-2010 09:19 AM

Yea I understand but look at it from the other side: If you had 40-50 fry survive uhm about every 2-4 weeks dep on how many gals you have there....What are you gonna do with all these fish in 3-4 months time...that's a LOT of fish to say the least :-)

beetlebz 03-04-2010 12:05 PM

LFS needs fish :)

Kristina10 04-02-2010 09:34 PM

i keep my fry on fry nets
you can get fry nets from your local pet store
hope i helped

beetlebz 04-08-2010 06:14 PM

thanks Kristina. I just wound up buying like, matts of pre assembled plants, they are like 6" square, and two side by side upside down wound up helping out a ton :D

now if I could only keep the fry alive.... lol

Austin 04-09-2010 09:28 AM

Lots of plants and such will help I think. I learned that as angel said, one of my*platies* (close enough to swordtails) pop fry, eat fry, pop fry, eat fry, etc. So lots of plants like, maybe a carpet of java moss will let the fry drop down from the mom's belly into safety before she sees them to eat them. Livebearer fry normally sits around for a few hours to a day before they swim around, so they'll likely be sitting in the java moss before the mommy can get em. Then by the time she can, they are better able to swim and have a little bit more likely chance of getting away or helping them hide.

There's also breeder boxes. I'd record the days the mommies give birth so you can remember. :) Even if you can't find the exact day which she will give birth (which you likely wont be able to), you'll know when to be on the lookout for fry.

Dunno if this answers your question or helps but I hope.

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