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Platy and guppy fries : Help Required

 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:22 pm Post subject: Platy and guppy fries : Help Required Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 I  got  some  platies  and  guppies  recently  and  had  a  lot  of  fries  from  a  couple  of  females  this  morning.  Unfortunately  couldnt  save  a  lot  from  the  platy  lot  but  a  lot  from  guppy  were  saved.
 
 Now  they  are  in  a  22  Lt  plastic  tub  in  my  balcony  with  some  floating  plants.
 
 I  have  the  following  Queries,  please  help  me  out
 
 1.  Since  its  outside  a  lot  of  temperature  fluctuations  would  be  there.  Should  I  shift  them  indoors?
 
 2.  What  to  feed  them  right  now?  I  have  given  crushed  pellets  sometime  back  and  they  were  nibbling  on  it.  When  can  i  start  giving  frozen  worms  and  which  ones?
 
 3.  Any  other  caring  instructions.
 
 I  dont  want  them  to  die  this  time.  Lost  a  lot  of  molly  fries  once  due  to  inexperience   :cry:
 
 
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:34 pm Post subject: Re: Platy and guppy fries : Help Required Reply with quote

 have  them  indoors,
 give  them  crushed  pellets,  after  2-3  weeks  u  can  start  introducing  frozen  foods,
 BTW  how  many  fry  do  u  have  in  the  22ltr  tub??
 also  perform  water  changes  of  10-20%  daily,
 better  start  with  microworms  and  BBS,
 live  food+daily  w/c=fast  and  colourful  growth  of  fry
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 8:27 pm Post subject: Re: Platy and guppy fries : Help Required Reply with quote

 May  I  ask,  why  you  keep  them  outdoor,  since  you  know  that  there  will  be  lots  of  temperature  fluctuations?  
 
 just  keep  them  in  the  same  room  where  you  keep  the  mother  tank.  that  way  the  water  temperature  will  be  almost  the  same  as  the  mother  tank  (I'm  assuming  that  you  are  not  using  any  temperature  control  device  [heather  or  chiller]  in  the  mother  tank).
 
 Actually  you  can  keep  them  outdoors,  but  provide  them  some  shade,  not  direct  sunlight.  if  you  can  produce  green  water,  that  is  also  good  for  growing  fries.  I  find  that  fish  grow  in  green  water  is  much  healthier  that  fish  grow  in  clear  water......anyway  that's  off  topic  :D
 
 I  feed  mine  algae  wafers,  crushing  or  not,  they  will  still  able  to  nibble  on  what  ever  pellets  you  feed.
 
 but  of  course  feeding  something  small  that  fits  their  mouth  size  is  the  best  option.  if  you  have  BBS  and  microworm,  that  will  do  fine.  if  you  can  collect  moina  or  daphnia  from  the  wild  that  would  be  excellent!
 
 as  for  filtration,  in  my  experience,  aged  or  established  sponge  filter  will  do  fine.  there  will  be  lots  of  microorganism  that  your  fries  can  nibble  on.
 
 good  luck  in  raising  the  fries  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 1:00 am Post subject: Re: Platy and guppy fries : Help Required Reply with quote

 @  Mudassir
 
 There  are  around  25-28...couldnt  save  the  rest  from  the  parents...will  do  regular  changes  as  suggested...I  dont  have  a  bigger  container  to  keep  them...is  22  Lt  too  small?
 
 @  borneosucker
 
 All  my  tanks  are  outside  on  balconies...a  600  Lt  pond  for  goldies  and  lot  of  small  tubs  containing  guppies  and  platies....the  temperature  doesnt  fluctuate  a  lot  in  bangalore  at  this  time  of  the  year  but  if  its  helpful  then  I  can  keep  them  inside...
 
 Thanks  a  lot  for  all  the  suggestions....  Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:26 am Post subject: Re: Platy and guppy fries : Help Required Reply with quote

 Shifted  them  indoors...fed  them  powdered  pellets  but  they  dont  seem  to  be  eating  a  lot...doing  20%  water  change  daily...i  hope  they  live  this  time  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 3:20 am Post subject: Re: Platy and guppy fries : Help Required Reply with quote

 HI  SID,
 
 YES  KEEPING  'EM  INSIDE  'LL  HELP  U  TAKE  CARE  OF  'EM  BETTER..
 I  AM  NO  EXPERT  ..BUT  DAILY  WC  IS  NOT  A  GOOD  IDEA..  CHANGE  ONLY  IF  REQ.
 U  CAN  GO  FOR  TUBIFLEX  WORMS  AS  WELL  WITH  THE  PELLETS.  JST  ADD  A  SMALL  PIECE;  AS  WATER  SOAK  IN,  IT  'LL  GET  SOFT  BY  ITSELF.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:26 pm Post subject: Re: Platy and guppy fries : Help Required Reply with quote

                                                   
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HI  SID,
 
 I  AM  NO  EXPERT  ..BUT  DAILY  WC  IS  NOT  A  GOOD  IDEA..  CHANGE  ONLY  IF  REQ.
 
                   

 if  plannin  to  raise  the  fry  daily  w/c  are  necessary
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:36 pm Post subject: Re: Platy and guppy fries : Help Required Reply with quote

 Mudassir,
 
 I  am  doing  15-20  per  W/C  daily.  And  remove  all  the  uneaten  powdered  pellets  with  that  too.
 
 The  thing  is  I  dont  notice  them  eating  a  lot.   Sad   Is  is  ok  or  something  is  wrong?
 
 There  are  around  25  of  them  in  a  22  Lt  wide  mouthed  tub  with  some  floating  plants.  I  have  shifted  them  indoors  to  avoid  temp  fluctuations.
 
 When  can  I  start  giving  frozen  worms?  how  about  feeding  boiled  egg  yolk?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:43 pm Post subject: Re: Platy and guppy fries : Help Required Reply with quote

 Hey  Sid,
 
                   If  there  are  25  fries  in  your  tank...Dont  feed  them  too  many  pellets....How  I  do  it  is  like  a  pellet  for  2  fries...So  around  12  -  14  pellets  would  be  apt  for  your  fries....Just  monitor  their  eating  habits...  If  you  feed  14  pellets  in  the  morning  and  you  see  that  there  are  several  pellets  still  in  the  tank  in  the  evening...Dont  feed  them  in  the  evening...You  will  see  that  most  of  the  pellets  would  be  devoured  by  morning...This  would  be  better  rather  than  remove  the  uneaten  pellets...But  keep  doing  the  WC's  religiously....  It  should  be  ok  to  feed  them  egg  yolk  once  they  get  a  little  bigger...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:53 pm Post subject: Re: Platy and guppy fries : Help Required Reply with quote

 Hi  Sid,
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:18 pm Post subject: Re: Platy and guppy fries : Help Required Reply with quote

 yeah..keep  them  indoors  to  prevent  temperature  fluctuations.i  dont  recommend  a  water  change..u  can  however  change  the  water  after  they  grow  a  bit  bigger  in  size.u  may  keep  a  thermometer  handy  ..keep  us  updated..
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:47 pm Post subject: Re: Platy and guppy fries : Help Required Reply with quote

 Thanks  Yogesh   Smile   will  do  that  from  next  time...
 
 Aroop  and  Hrishi...thanks  for  the  guidance....will  keep  you  guys  updated   Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:58 pm Post subject: Re: Platy and guppy fries : Help Required Reply with quote

 Sid,
 
 You  are  going  the  right  way  with  daily  WC.  Maintaining  pristine  water  condition  is  very  important  for  newborn  frys.
 Just  give  them  crushed  dry  food  which  you  give  to  their  parents.  Other  better  dryfood  option  is  Hikari  First  Bites  which  is  specially  meant  for  such  frys.
 
 Livebearer  frys  don't  demand  much  except  good  water  quality,  proper  aeration  &  little  food.
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