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TropicAurora 04-29-2007 12:05 PM

Most economical quick setup for fry?
 
Yesterday morning there was 7 guppy fry left by the time I found them. I put them in a temp net inside the main tank but would like to setup a couple of other small, very econimal tanks for nursery use, etc., to raise the babies and keep the mom's seperate from the main tank.

Before heading out to the fish store this morning I read a lot of the posts on it but am still a bit confused as to the filter to get & the foam filter to get to put over that, and the air rocks needed. How is the foam secured over a regular filter? How is more air incorporated into that (is it needed)? Most of the little kits I see have undergravel filters which I don't want to use.

I'm pretty sure which guppy the fry belong to but there's also another 1 or 2 females I would like to separate before the fact, plus have a small tank setup for the fry.

Thanks so much for any help you can offer. :D

herefishy 04-29-2007 05:43 PM

A bare 10g tank, a 50w heater, air pump, sponge filter, and a glas canopy. That's about as cheap and as spartan as you can get.

TropicAurora 04-29-2007 07:11 PM

Thank you -- I appreciate the info.
TA

Falina 04-29-2007 07:13 PM

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Originally Posted by herefishy
A bare 10g tank, a 50w heater, air pump, sponge filter, and a glas canopy. That's about as cheap and as spartan as you can get.

I agree, the only thing is that if you want to cycle it quickly, use some gravel and maybe an ornament from an existing tank.

mr.bojangles 04-29-2007 07:52 PM

just get a rubber maid container and fil it with water, a 50w non submersible heater, a little submersible pump and strap a spunge onto the intake for a filter . u cant get much cheaper than that

fish_4_all 04-29-2007 09:15 PM

Get some 5 or 10 gallon tanks, sponge filters, heaters and maybe a canopy for the tank. Should only cost about $35 each. $5 sponge filter, $10 heater, $10 for a 10 gallon tank. Canopies would be another $10.

You can easily cycle the tanks with the sponge filters and a little food daily to cycle them and keep them cycled. 5 gallon tanks allow for more tanks to keep different broods, 10 gallon tanks allow you to keep more fry in less tanks. You could even seed the sponge filter in the main tank so that cycling would be a lot faster. No gravel needed and not recommended for fry unless they are loaches or need it. No decorations needed. The sponge filter will also provide food for the fry from all the stuff that will grow on them. No light needed either.

TropicAurora 04-29-2007 09:49 PM

Thanks so much, everybody -- all very doable! I never thought of using rubbermaid but I have that right here on hand. So true, can't get less inexpensive than than. I picked up just one 10 gal today and will also see what comes of the rubbermaid I have. :D Also thanks much for the additional information on cycling it. I'll do that.
Thanks again,
TropicAurora
:)

Falina 04-30-2007 07:29 AM

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No gravel needed and not recommended for fry unless they are loaches or need it.
I didn't think of this. Thanks for pointing that out, not just for TropicAurora, but also for me.


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