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FishFancy 05-05-2010 04:58 PM

Fry Oh My! How am I going to Vaccum my Tank Now?
Hi Guy's,

I purchased 3 Dalmation Mollies on Saturday, 2 females & a male, I suspected 1 of the females was pregnant, well on Monday I had 4 fry, so far they are making it and today I got home and there are more, I now have 10 or 12, I do not yet have a setup to pull them out of the tank, can I leave them in and any survive? The only other fish in the tank is a Dwarf Gourami as I had just gotten through with a fishless cycle with the tank, these 4 fish were the first to go in.

If I can keep them alive, how do I go about vaccuming the tank without sucking them out? Thursday is my water change day and I wanted to see what my best route was before cleaning tank.

And yes this are my first fish, but I have been studying them for a while because I didn't want to just get fish and throw them in a tank and see what happened. I have been reading a lot of posts on the forum and also gotten some help on my initial set now almost 2 months ago. The thing I was not counting on was fry in 48 hours of bringing fish home and then them surviving for more than a day with the Gourami in the tank anyway.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated ;-)

xrayjeeper83 05-05-2010 05:19 PM

my thought is during the vacuum just scoop them up and put them in some tupperware or something with water from the tank. Or get them all in the net and just let them hang out in the net till your done

FishFancy 05-05-2010 07:05 PM

The net sounds like a great idea, then I wouldn't be pulling them out, it's funny how the simplest of things never cross your mind, thanks a bunch

jeaninel 05-05-2010 07:28 PM

How am I going to Vaccum my Tank Now? Very carefully! LOL I have lots of guppy fry in my 10 gallon tank. I just leave them in but I watch very carefully while I syphon because sometimes the little buggers want to swim right under the tube. I syphon into a 5 gallon bucket and I inspect the bucket very carefully before I dump the water out. I have never gotten any fry so for the most part they stay out of the way.

babydevilsangel 05-06-2010 05:32 PM

They generally will move out of your way while you siphon the tank. Every once in awhile, I will suck one of the fry up, but then I just scoop it out of the dump bucket before dumping.

As for the other fish eating the fry... YES, they will. If there is a lot of coverage for the fry to hide in, there is a greater possibility of survivors. They also will hide out in the gravel for the first week or so, and the bigger fish just don't notice them. But when they start swimming around, or darting to the top for food or air... that's when the big fishies see a snack and go after it.

FishFancy 05-06-2010 08:50 PM

Well, I cleaned the tank and no one got sucked up, still looks like there is close to a dozen of them in the tank they all seem to be doing fine, so far. :-D

xrayjeeper83 05-06-2010 09:30 PM


kdanna 05-06-2010 09:47 PM

My set up is a little different, because I have a seperate breeding tank. But my advise would be if you're keeping them in the tank and do encounter problems vaccuming, just take out the gravel! My baby tank is bare bottom, and it makes it much much easier to vaccum.

Also, fry need more frequent water changes, so make sure you're testing the water for nitrites/ammonia. Fry are much more sensitive than adults!

Mister Sparkle 05-06-2010 11:54 PM

I've found that frequent water changes also lead to faster growth.

fryup 05-07-2010 12:10 PM

to be honest the fry should just swim out of the way ...or when you gravel vac if you use a bucket then if you catch 1 you can just scoop it back out of the bucket in to the fry (guppies) just swim out of the way ...hope this helps :)

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