Question Balloon Molly had fry


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CanadianMolly

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Checked my tank this morning and there was a fry swimming around. So far have seen only one fry. Guess she was already pregnant when I got her. I'm still fairly new to this, so what do I do now? Should I just leave the fry in the main tank and let nature take its course, or should I put them in a separate tank? Thanks in advance.
 

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That is a personal choice... Do you want more fish? Will you have a home for them? Can you stand the idea that if you leave them in there they may get eaten?
I personally only save fry if I have a need for them. Stresses me and the fish out to make sure they are safe. If you want nature to take it's course but would like to have a better chance for survival I would suggest Java Moss/floating plants and places for the babies to hide.
 

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If I decide to keep the fry in a separate tank, what is the best type of filter for a fry tank. Right now in the main tank I have a power filter, but I've read that with that type of filter the tiny fry will get sucked up into the filter.
 

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You could do an internal sponge filter, or put a sponge over the intake tube of a power filter. I think some people have mentioned puting unused pantyhose over the intake.
 

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Well she had a couple more fry today. One didn't make it. Went out and bought a small tank for the fry. They are so cute.
 

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congrats on your fry for your filter question personally we put unused pantyhose on the bottom so the fry wouldnt get sucked up. good luck to you
 

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How long does it normally take for the female to give birth to all her fry? This is going on the second day. I noticed the first one yesterday and just now found she had given birth to another one.
 
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