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January 04, 2002 - 11:06 pm
The other day I came home from work, and as usual I checked
my two tanks. I have a 25g tank that has been set up for
over a year now and just got a 38g tank for christmas that
I'm just getting going. But in my old tank I looked
at all my fish and to my surprise I had an extra one. One
of my mollies had given birth. But I only found one? its
the size of a pin head. So I have a breeder net that sits
on the side of my tank, so I put the baby fry in it. So
far its been about 4 days. So far so good. I've been
feeding it a few times a day with baby fry food that I got
at the local pet store. So am I doing everything right?
Anything else I should be doing? And how long will it take
for the fish to grow big enough to let it out in the tank
with the other fish? Thanks for any help.
January 05, 2002 - 08:34 am
Bob, keep your eyes open as in the next several days and
beyond as you just might see more little ones. Mollies can
give birth at any time once it starts as they carry the
male sperm with them for quite some time.
Sounds like you are doing things right. Can't tell you
exactly when the little guy will be ready to be released,
but you will know. Don't want to let him go until you
know he is too big to be eaten by the other tankmates. Good
January 08, 2002 - 11:17 pm
Bob, you really have to play it by ear with babies... but
fortunately mollies are easy fish to keep. I think your
on the right track also, since this is a hardy species,
that even as babies, are easy to keep... just make sure
the water is quite clean and changed frequently, pollution
is the top killer of little ones. Don't make any other
drastic changes, and don't overfeed...if you watch out
for these things, you should have healthy good-sized mollies
in no time. Remember that these babies, like all babies,
should be fed many times a day, but very very small quantities
each time, because of the tiny size of their stomachs. The
rule of thumb I use for size before putting back in the
adult tank is... about 3X's as big as the adult fish's
mouth, which usually ends up being about 5-6mm... it certainly
is no exact science. You will get some that get bullied
when they are young and smaller, but some that just take
off in growth size when given the extra room, so it is unpredictable...
but as I said, it's a hardy species that usually makes
it. Good luck!
January 14, 2002 - 06:21 pm
i have an announcement my two koi angels have spauned i
am ever so happy i have been trying to get them to breed
im going to be a father...
January 14, 2002 - 07:05 pm
January 15, 2002 - 07:38 am
Hope you have better luck than me. Watch they don't
eat the eggs, that's very common for the first spawn!
January 17, 2002 - 08:48 pm
That's awesome Paul! I've heard that it's not
always easy to breed koi, congrats.
January 19, 2002 - 03:05 am
I have 2 gold gouramis one has a black spot on or very clost
to its tail. My problem is that Mr black spot is very aggressive
and has killed 2 kissing gouramis already and is now picking
on his pair the other gold gourami. My gold Gourami now
just hangs out beside the filter all day. I dont like him
anymore! I must get rid of him but the lady at the pet shop
wont take fish back!! What should I do? My tank is only
3 mths old.
January 19, 2002 - 07:47 am
Check out the other LFS stores. Sometimes they will take
your fish and give you some credit in the store. Usually
you can't get your money back though, so expect to trade
for something else or maybe get some flake! Also sometimes
you can post an ad on a bulletin board at some of the pet
supply places?? If you post an ad go for good home and free,
you might also warn the buyer.
January 26, 2002 - 06:42 pm
I took my trouble maker back to the pet shop and she did
eventually take the fish off my hands. Sadly no cash or
credit was offered. My next question is what is going to
be compatiable with my 1 pleco, 1 gold gourami, and 6 neon
tetra. I thought 3 clown loach would be my next purchase
what do you think? Do you have any suggestions on the type
of fish I can fill my 10 gallon tank with? Your help with
this would be greatly appreciated. Cheers
January 27, 2002 - 08:07 am
Linda clown loaches are too large for a 10 gallon tank as
I believe they can get about six inches and are best kept
in a group. Actually you are about maxed out as it is..plecos
can get really huge also, although it will probably take
a few years. If you want more fish you really need to save
money and buy a larger tank. About all I ever suggest for
10 gallon tanks are small corys,white clouds,platys and
small tetra or cherry barbs. Usually about one inch of adult
fish to the number of gallons is a fair "estimate".
If you have a large tank and good filtration, this rule
can be stretched a bit, but with a small tank you are really
taking a chance on having the water quality deteriorate.