BABIES!!! Oh god what now?! HELP!

BlackNotebookTanks

AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! I HAVE BABIES!

...phew... okay. Calm down.

So after crying tears of joy upon discovering baby fry in my tank, i'm now crying tears of sadness, as all but one have been eaten by the other guppies

I currently have the remaining fry, named jerry, in a jug of tank water resting on the inside of a nano tank at 80F. I was going to put it into my shrimp tank but after seeing them chase it I decided no this is too dangerous. He's chilling in his jug with some crushed fish flakes. He's actually swimming very actively which is good I suppose. Right?

Tomorrow I'm going to get a breeder net and some HikarI first bites fry food and micro worms. I am unable to get another tank for him so unfortunately Jerry will have to live in a breeder net for a while. Just until he gets bigger.

What do I do now?! This is my first time with fry and I'm freaking out. I have no experience with raising anything other than triops (sea monkeys) and snails, which are like, zero maintenance. Give me all your tips and tricks of the trade. All information is welcome! Any recommended brands or equipment or anything like that? Here are water parameters in jerrys tank that he'll be in tomorrow:

pH: 7.9
GH: 9dH
KH: 5dH
Temp: 82F
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrates: >0.3mg/l
CO²: 1,6 m/l
(I think that's everything...)

The tank is planted, but not heavily. I'm getting some carpeting plants on the 10 of June of that helps? Its a sand substrate. OHH and the tank is also being medicated for a Pleco with parasites. We're using Flagyl (metronidazole) tablets. I'm also going to do a 30% water change tomorrow morning before he goes in. All answers are greatly appreciated THANK YOU!!!!!!!
 

maggie thecat

Guppy fry are amazingly resiliant. As long as it has some crushed flakes and some floating plant material to hide in, it'll be fine. After a week, usually the bigger fish lose interest in snacking on fry and they can hang out in the main tank until they are big enough to be rehomed
 

varmint

Congrats!
What kind of Guppies, if I might ask.
 

BlackNotebookTanks

Congrats!
What kind of Guppies, if I might ask.
I have no idea! Hehehe! The baby came from a blue with black spots spade y shape tailed guppy with kind of a smokeyish tail? My brother called her Elsa. This is Elsa (lol best name ever thanks lil bro!) She's pretty common i'm guessing as we have two other guppies with the same kind of markings. If you can ID her for me that would be awesome!

 

varmint

My guess would be a Turquoise Blue Tail female.
 

BlackNotebookTanks

Jerry the baby is in its new home!

Will these hyacinths be good floating plants for him to hide in? Also I got some HikarI first bites. How long will I feed this to Jerry? And how much should I feed?
 

maggie thecat

A little bit of food twice a day is all you need. His stomach is just as tiny as he is. The setup looks great. When he looks less like Fish Snackums to the big guys in a week or ten days, you can turn him loose in the big tank. Just be sure to shift his floating plants along with him, to make him feel secure.
 

BlackNotebookTanks

Update!! Mum and I did a 25% water change today, and we discovered a few more babies! There are now four fry in total. The only problem is, who's fry are they?! Jerry is bigger than everyone else. They sure do grow fast! The temperature of the thank they are in is at 82F. Is that alright? That's the lowest the heater will go to. Its a 200W Jewel heater.should I get something that goes down to 80F? Just curious.
 

maggie thecat

You have guppies. Congratulations! Fry are going to happen, usually once a month. You must have multiple females in the tank.

Here's where it gets tough. If you try and save them all, you will be over run with guppies in short order. I usually save a few, because I want to have replacement stock, but I let the rest fend for themselves. Even then, sometimes more survive than I have space for, but I have larger fish that like an occasional treat.

It sounds harsh, but with livebearers, you have to have a plan because many lfs have all the guppies they need.
 

varmint

Hi,
Congrats on the new found babies. Temp range for guppies is 74F to 82F. It's a little high but you're still ok. At that temp your fry will grow very fast. Make sure you have good water movement cause your oxygen levels temp to lower in high temp. Good luck.
 

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