My guppy gave birth this morning. :-D The fry are hiding in the plants of my 30 gallon livebearer tank. I read all about breeding my guppies but this morning it hit me: How the heck am I supposed to take care of them? Can someone help me?
Well by now you likely know how brutal it is to be born in a livebearer community tank. If you want to let nature do the natual thing then just let them be and see what happens. If not, fish them out and into a breeder net or another container of water that you can heat and keep air in. I say container because I have seen people do some very resourceful things to save fry. I suggest keeping an extra 10gal handy for just such an occasion.
Once you can seperate them from the rest of the fish, feed them finely ground flake food until you can hatch some brine shrimp. Again having some brine shrimp eggs, airline rock salt, a shrimp net or coffee filter and a jar come in handy. Feed the fry small potions evry few hours when you are home. You let them gourge on brine shrimp and their guts are empty in 45 min. In nature, that is a good days feed, but your goal is to out pace nature and get them into the community tank ASAP! If you use a seprate container, a piece of airline makes a good siphon for daily water changes of 5% or so.
Personally, I would let all of them stay in the tank if it is planted enough. My guppies usually can't eat them once a week passes. But it is much easier to feed them if they are all netted into a breeder box.
Feed them ground up fish flakes about 2-3 times a day. Just about a pinch or two each time, and increase as they get bigger. Use airline tubing to siphon out the debri from the bottom if the breeder box every other day.
I find no need to feed brine shrimp, but it is up to you. Keep us updated! And pictures of their progress!
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