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A surprise in my tank

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Bob

Friday, 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.
Bob

  

Kick

Saturday, 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 luck!

  

Pandora

Tuesday, 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!

  

Pauldocholliday

Monday, 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 for months

im going to be a father...

  

marie

Monday, January 14, 2002 - 07:05 pm
Congratulations

  

joycedonley

Tuesday, 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!

  

Pandora

Thursday, January 17, 2002 - 08:48 pm
That's awesome Paul! I've heard that it's not always easy to breed koi, congrats.

  

Linda

Saturday, 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.

  

joycedonley

Saturday, 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.

  

linda

Saturday, 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

  

joycedonley

Sunday, 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.

 

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