Over the past year I have been able to successfully care for tropical fish fry (Babies) and can hopefully give you some insight on breeding fish yourself. Before I begin, it is important to note that caring for tropical fry is quite difficult and time consuming to ensure that they grow-up properly and defect free.
1. The baby fry are in a breeding net or separate aquarium, now what? Once you have saved, captured, and/or transferred as many tropical fry as you can, please follow these basic instructions to care for the newborns:
Feed the baby fry regular tropical fish flakes ground up to a rough powder about twice a day. Make sure you don't feed them more then what can fit between your thumb and index finger, as babies could keep eating and eating!
'Baby Brine Shrimp' is a very important food for most fish fry. Most live bearers will eat lots of baby brine shrimp, and this definitely makes them grow faster and healthier
Insure that there is some type of plastic plant in the net, this allows the babies to achieve some security in the aquarium
Monitor the fry daily and look for signs of sickness or disease. If one of the fry does get sick, you can purchase medicine for the fry at your local pet store; however, treatment has a higher chance of not being successful because the baby fry aren't fully developed.
Aquariums that are well lit, well planted and nicely filtered provide the best conditions for rearing fry
Ensure that you change roughly 10% of the aquarium water twice a week
2. When do I let the newborns join the tank with the other fish? The best time to the let the newborns join the aquarium with the other fish is when the fry can no longer fit into the mouths of the other fish species. Use your best judgement in deciding as there is no set time you should release them into the aquarium.
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