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ashleyy 11-24-2010 08:01 PM

Zebra Danio fry. Need help please!
My boyfriends 10 gallon tank has one male ADF and 2 long finned zebra danios.
It is undergoing cycling and today the ammonia was sky high. We were looking at the fish and I saw little tiny black things and I was like... "JACOB!!! TADPOLES!!!" I only thought they were tadpoles because I researched ADFs when he got them and the website said their fry are little tiny black things. But now I realized they are in fact long finned zebra danio fry.

Anyway, there is a butt load in his tank and I couldn't get them out. But we did a water change today and he never emptied the last bucket so I took a water bottle, poured half the water out and filled the rest with tank water and spooned out about 8 or 10 little guys into the bottle to take home.

We know the tadpoles in the tank will be eaten but we are hoping to save the few I took home. I put them in a 1 liter tank(filled with the water I had them in and my betta fish's tank water). No heater, no filter, there is a air bubbler though. I also put a live plant in there and natural gravel.

I'm not going to be able to go into town until Saturday and I have no idea what to do!

What do I feed them? I have frozen blood worms, betta flakes and pellets and frog and tadpole pellets.. but these little guys are so tiny do they sorta filter feed at this stage in life? I really want them to survive any help would be great. Thank you!!!

Chicklet 11-25-2010 09:57 AM

Liquid fry is good,
A big bunch of Java moss or another type of live plant will give some infusia.

Boiled egg yolks purred up with a tad of water, feed in very tiny amounts as it can fowl the water up quickly

Flaked foods even pellets run thru a coffee grinder will make fine powdered foods good enough to use.

ashleyy 11-25-2010 04:35 PM

Thank you so much for the information!

I tried a tiny bit of hard boiled egg yolk, but man, that made the water nasty, and I only put a tiny bit! It is hard to clean up because it is not filtered. :/

I don't see how they can even eat at this stage, they are sooooooooooooooooo tiny.

Tomorrow, I'm going to brave the after thanksgiving shoppers and hunt for the liquid fry food, master water test kit, a new aerator (this one has got to be 100 years old and it so loud! lol!) a kritter keeper tank, and a heater. Also a brine shrimpery for when(if) they get older.

Right now they are still alive, I can't test ammonia because I gave my ammonia tester to a friend, not thinking I would need it anymore (since I regularly change my bettas tank) But I've tested for nitrate and nitrites and they are great.

I have about 13-15. lol every time I count I get a new number.

They mostly hang around the corners and sides of the tank, and swim if provoked (I know I shouldn't do that! I just want to make sure they are still alive haha)

The water temp is about 77 degrees from a desk lamp. Will the light be harmful for them? I'm going to have to keep it on all night. ugh.

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