Brand new guppy fry - amateur fishkeeper!!

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Hi, All -

I need some advice. My new guppies just had babies and I was not home in time to rescue most of the fry, but I did manage to save one ("teeny little superguy"). He now lives in a little floating breeder tanklet in the big tank and seems to be growing like a weed and doing great. I grind up adult food until it's very fine and drop just a tiny bit in with him and he gnaws at it and is happy. The problem is, I'm supposed to be traveling for the holidays and I can't just put one of those seven-day time-release feeders in with him, can I? I want him to live and prosper, since he's the first fruit of the tank, as it were, so what can I do?

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Well Done! The only thing I can think of is if you have a reliable neighbour who can feed the little guy for you - I can't see it surviving in the main tank and it may overfeed and die if you put a feeder in with it as well as the waste food being collected in the feeder and causing untold bacterial problems.
 

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How long will you be away?
 
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Sorry for the major delay! Thanks for the replies! Alas, little guy #1 didn't make it, but I now have seven more. Six of them are about a month old and a few days ago, they were joined by a new little sibling that suddenly appeared - apparently alone. The question now is, at what point can I release them into the community?

I do, by the way, have live plants - in response to an earlier post. I often see the adult guppies nibbling from the leaves (the algae?) Can the babies munch on those, too?


(20 gal. tank now contains 4 neons, two fancy guppies, 3 relatively fierce danios)

Thanks again!
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By the time the fry are 3/4 inch long they should be too big to eat.
 

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Hooray for the little super guy!
These little fish are amazingly resilient. Place a sprig of water plant, anacharis, foxtail,water sprite or similar leafy type in his space. It probably will sustain him until you get back. Before you leave, feed him a helping of live baby brine shrimp for an infusion of protein and vitamins. He will enjoy chasing them down.
Good luck! Guppygranny.
 
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