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Tha Bizness 10-13-2011 06:17 PM

Cleaning fry tank
 
Well I moved my bolivian ram fry to what has turned into the nursery tank. To get the fry out I originally tried to suck them up with my gravel vac. That in turn has brought over crud from the bottom of my planted bolivian tank.

How do I clean this crud out when I have these tiny fish swimming around or how do you all go about cleaning the fry tank? Do u use a syphon? A cup? whats your process as I read u have to do this daily.

How much water should i remove daily (10 gallon)?

Also - is it adviseable to put aquarium salt in the fry tank?

zof 10-13-2011 06:33 PM

No salt

Clean the bottom crud with a turkey baster

Use a cup to empty and fill water (so you don't siphon one up)

And fry are really sensitive to water parameter changes so I would aim no more then 10% daily mabye a little less until they get to be about a month old.

SaltwaterTaylor14 10-13-2011 07:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Tha Bizness (Post 860822)
Well I moved my bolivian ram fry to what has turned into the nursery tank. To get the fry out I originally tried to suck them up with my gravel vac. That in turn has brought over crud from the bottom of my planted bolivian tank.

How do I clean this crud out when I have these tiny fish swimming around or how do you all go about cleaning the fry tank? Do u use a syphon? A cup? whats your process as I read u have to do this daily.

How much water should i remove daily (10 gallon)?

Also - is it adviseable to put aquarium salt in the fry tank?

Tha biz are you planning on keeping all of the fry?

Tha Bizness 10-13-2011 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by SaltwaterTaylor14 (Post 860917)
Tha biz are you planning on keeping all of the fry?

Nope. If they live I would keep 2 and sell the rest off to my LFS.

At this stage of the game Im still geeked that they had eggs, hatched and are alive in another tank.

I have never had any baby fish outside of livebearers when I was a kid so this is all a new experience to me.

k19smith 10-16-2011 12:29 AM

I use air line tubing for a siphon that way you can better keep from sucking up babies.

MinaMinaMina 10-16-2011 01:47 AM

I've been curious about this myself. Would it work to fashion a sponge on the end of a siphon? Anyone tried that?

Romad 10-16-2011 07:44 AM

I just use a siphon and if any end up in the bucket, I get them out with a turkey baster :)

zof 10-16-2011 03:08 PM

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Originally Posted by k19smith (Post 863380)
I use air line tubing for a siphon that way you can better keep from sucking up babies.

I like that idea just would take a while I guess

k19smith 10-16-2011 07:24 PM

The problem with using a sponge on your siphon is then you don't get any crud out of the tank.

The air line tubing is way faster than the turkey baster though. I started this because if you have sensitive fry it's much easier on them I also put a bucket above the tank and use the air line tube to put water back into the tank to prevent current. This is also going to depend on the type of fry wither or not you have to take all these precautions. With guppy fry I do major water changes 50% a few times a week, I'm working with rainbow fish now they do not like major water changes I don't touch there tank for the first 4 weeks then I'm only doing 10% changes and I'm still nervous I haven't got them mastered yet.

How often will depend on how many fry you have in the 10g.

SaltwaterTaylor14 10-16-2011 10:10 PM

how are the fry doing?


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