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MidwifeAtHeart 02-02-2012 08:51 PM

How do I know when they are big enough?
Yes, everyone says when they are bigger than the other fishes mouth but I am worried they might still be too small lol

This is when I found them. About 1 to 2 weeks ago.

And today, at about 4 to 5 weeks old. They measure about half an inch long now.


Tazman 02-02-2012 09:10 PM

First of all Welcome to the forum.

One thing I have noticed is you are way overfeeding! There is a ton of waste on the bottom on the breeder which is only going to create nitrate problems.

What slightly concerns me is your signature for the 10g it has a Clown Leach which I think you mean Loach...if this is the case, this fish is NOT suitable for a 10g tank.

MidwifeAtHeart 02-02-2012 09:24 PM

Thanks for the quick response. I never clean the breeding space where they are so it just accumulates there. I try not to overfeed but it is really hard to make flakes into tiny pieces lol. I usually just take one flake and break it up. Do you have a better idea?
I bought the Clown Loach because my tank was being taken over by snails. Why is it not suitable?
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Tazman 02-02-2012 09:32 PM

It will be ok for a short while to perhaps get rid of your snail problem but in the long run it will eat everything in your tank, not to mention outgrow it.

With the breeder being on the main tank, you need to remove the waste food as it can effect the whole tank with nitrates as it breaks down.

Crushing flake food is rather easy, what I do for my fry is crush some up into a separate container and use that to feed the fry, either that or most fish stores will sell food specially for fry.

The clown Loach at some point will have to be removed, it is not an option it is a MUST.
If you could perhaps post a picture of your snails there may be other options, clown loach do not always remove snails.
A cheaper option is to place a piece of lettuce leaf in your tank and overnight your snails will go to it, simply remove it and the snails which gather on it. Repeat until the snail population drops.

MidwifeAtHeart 02-02-2012 09:39 PM

The Clown Loach already ate all the snails I think lol. I wonder if I can return it to the store.
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Tazman 02-02-2012 09:45 PM

If the snails are gone then it is best to return it..either that or it will need a bigger tank.

MidwifeAtHeart 02-02-2012 09:51 PM

If I can't return it then I might give it to my brother since he has a huge tank.

So, to the original question lol. When do you think I can put the fry in with the other fish?

Also, how does a Guppy looks when it births or reabsorbs the preg.? I had a preg. Guppy with a clearly dark black gravid spot. I put her in the birthing space and took her out after about 3 days because nothing happened and I didn't want her to be too stressed. Now she looks skinny and her gravid spot is very small but still black.
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Tazman 02-02-2012 09:58 PM

If there are plenty of potential hiding spaces for them and they will not fit into the other fishes mouths, then they can go in now.

The clown loach might try and eat them though it is a lot bigger than the other fish.

MidwifeAtHeart 02-02-2012 10:04 PM

Okay, then I will leave them there until they grow more and the Clown Loach is out.

I also remembered that I have a friend that her tank is full and I mean full of snails. They even cover the gravel. Do you think it is a bad idea to lend her the Loach?
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Tazman 02-02-2012 10:09 PM

What size is your friends tank, if you happen to know and what are her fish?

The clown loach may not be compatible with them.

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