20 Gallon Tank Convict Babies...when to move them out of the tank?

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I have a 20 gallon fish tank with 3 convicts....2 that paired off and 1 that I have no where to put.
The 2 had babies and are now free swimming. I partioned off the tank so the 3rd convict wouldn't eat the fry.
I have a 10 gallon tank with 7 convict babies...~3-4 months old.
I also have a 2.5 gallon tank that has wild guppies.

I am curious when I should move the fry out of the 20 gallon tank?
And what tank do I put them in?
I have ~50 fry and I am hoping to keep all of them and not kill/have them get eaten.
My 10 gallon has only 7 babies left since they fight each other off.

Please tell me what I should do!

Thanks
 

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Congrats! Convict fry are cute!

I would advise siphoning them into a breeder box ASAP. It's a whole lot easier to catch them that way.

In regards to what tank, I'd put them in a breeder box separate from the 3-4 month old convict fry until they've had a chance to grow some. Otherwise, you're risking a massacre. I've had it happen.

I hope this helps!
 
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I had that massacre with my 4 month old babies and am left with 7 now out of the 30+.
I have a breeder net...not sure the difference with the breeder box.
Would that be a susceptible substitute?
 
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I have had trouble in the past with fry getting caught in between the net and the rods of the breeder net. How do I prevent them from getting crushed/killed. Is it alright to put ~50 fry into a small breeder net?
 

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You'll always have a few losses. I've never figured out how to prevent anyone from being caught.

It's fine to have that many fry in a breeders net. They'll grow pretty quickly and be able to hold their own with the others after a few months.
 
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The fry were free swimming as of yesterday.
Should I wait a few days before putting them into a breeders net?
Where should I place the breeder net? Keep it in the 20 gallon with the 3 convicts or put them in the 10 gallon with the 7 babies.
I just don't want the fry to be sucked/eaten thru the net.
 

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I usually pull mine as soon as they are free swimming so it's an easy siphon. Plus, Mom and Daddy convict can change their minds quickly and get hungry. I've had that happen.

I usually put my breeder net fry floating in the tank with other babies to make it easier to feed.

I hope this helps!
 
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