Pregnant Molly! Please help!
My Sailfin Molly is pregnant and I want her to have her fry but do not have the luxury of a second tank.
My sister is renovating her tank and I promised that she can have them.
What do I do to prevent the fry from getting eaten? Do I put a breeding net in or something else. I'm pretty limited as I live in the middle of nowhere but this is my first time breeding fish.
A breeding net AFTER the fry are born, could be helpful along with flake foods with algae base that are crushed and fed to the fry in small amounts two or three times a day.
Live floating plant's or artificial plants (lot's not one or two) ,floating on the surface works well also if net is unavailable.
View of your 30 gallon? shows algae eater you have to be Chinese algae eater. These are not good community fish,they aren't from China,and they are poor algae eaters to boot.
What they ARE good at, is nipping and harrasing other fishes which can lead to stressed fish and or fin rot and bacterial infections if wounds inflicted by the Chinese algae eater are serious or frequent and water quality is not maintained.
For 30 gallon tank with no live plant's and lighting period of no more than 8 hours a day,, there should be little algae and thus,,algae eater should not be needed. (especially this one)
Now if you just LIKE algae eater's ,then the Bristlenose Pleco would be my choice for 30 gallon tank.
I used a net breeders box that attaches to the side of the tank. At first it seems too big, but eventually the bigger fish actually find comfort in sitting underneath it. I put a couple small live plants inside so they could eat whatever veggie life is on there and just crushed up regular flakes. You dont need to go crazy, crushed up flakes is fine. Plus the live plants in the breeder box, imo, added some comfort to the fry. They could hide in it and i think it worked out for the better.
Also, just FYI. I used to have a couple tanks and all that but it was too much. Next time, instead of the breeders box in my regular tank, I saw a very small 2.5 gallon tank. And you can put a 1 to 3 gallon filter in there. I may try that out.
If you do not have the tank space or spare tank I would just provide live or plastic plants at all levels. The baby fry will hide in the plants. Fry can swim fast and hide from the parents really easy.Some of the weak ones will he eaten but you want to keep the strong ones and cull the deformed ones. They can have from 7-60 babies every month so not to worry if some get eaten. First time moms will have fewer fry then older and bigger moms. The females do not need a mate if already pregnate as they can store sperm from the male for 6 months or so.
You can crush the flake food for the fry to a fine powder and feed them that twice a day. You can also use one of those clear plastic storage food totes and float that on the surface with some live floating aquarium plants or java moss is good. Remember that feeding twice a day that the water will get bad in the cup and tank so I would recommend a 20-25% water change once a week depending on how many fry and fish you have in your tank. If you have alot or are overstocked do the water changes twice a week of 20-25% of treated water.
You can not keep all the fry born each month with out extra tanks and it can get to be overwhelming raising so many that take about 3 months to grow.I forgot to mention that you should cover your intake vavle to you filter if you have a hang on back filter with netting. Pantyhose works well if you do not have a netting and a rubberband. I use netting from a fabric store that sort of looks like a fish net and use plastic tie wraps to secure it. You can also use a old fish net over it. It will have to be cleaned every now and then as tank debri will clog it and the water flow will decrease. Those 2 gal. tanks are nice to raise fry in or a big pickle jar or large clear snack container with a sponge filter and air pump works well also. Good luck and hope to see pictures posted of your babies.
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