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Hi,

I have just recently had fry in my tank and I want to try to raise them. I have already put the in a separate container in the tank. I'm feeding them crushed up tropical fish flakes. How much and how often should I feed them? And does anyone have any other tips for me?

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Crushed flakes and micro worms are what I usually feed new fry. I feed them about 3 times a day, sometimes more/less. Moving them to a 10gal grow out tank is your best bet on getting them to a decent size. A heater and sponge filter is about all you need. Do lots of water changes (2-4 50% changes a week) to help them grow faster. I'm guessing you have some sort of live bearer?
 
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Crushed flakes and micro worms are what I usually feed new fry. I feed them about 3 times a day, sometimes more/less. Moving them to a 10gal grow out tank is your best bet on getting them to a decent size. A heater and sponge filter is about all you need. Do lots of water changes (2-4 50% changes a week) to help them grow faster. I'm guessing you have some sort of live bearer?
I have a 10 gallon tank, but that is currently occupied by a crayfish. And yes, I do have a live bearer.
 

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I usually keep the fry in a breeder net until they're too big to be eaten, then let them go in the main tank.

I have one guppy fry that I missed, but he seems to be surviving. I also have lots of plants.
 

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I usually keep the fry in a breeder net until they're too big to be eaten, then let them go in the main tank.

I have one guppy fry that I missed, but he seems to be surviving. I also have lots of plants.
I wouldn't recommend this as this could cause the fry to be stunted. It's much better to either have a grow or tank or leave them in the main tank!
 

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I wouldn't recommend this as this could cause the fry to be stunted. It's much better to either have a grow or tank or leave them in the main tank!
I've never had a problem with it.
 

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Well I'm keeping them in a plastic breeder right now. Also how much should I feed them at one time? I feed them 3-4 times a day.
 

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Feeding multiple times a day with smaller feedings rather than 1 big feeding is better!!
 

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That's what I'm doing, I feed 3 times but how much crushed flakes in each feeding?
 

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Well I'm keeping them in a plastic breeder right now. Also how much should I feed them at one time? I feed them 3-4 times a day.
I think that should be fine. Depending on what you have in your main tank, they won't have to be in there for long.

I also like to add plants to help the fry feel secure. If you don't have plants, plastic or Styrofoam cups will work.
 

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I think that should be fine. Depending on what you have in your main tank, they won't have to be in there for long.

I also like to add plants to help the fry feel secure. If you don't have plants, plastic or Styrofoam cups will work.
Agreed
 

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I would see about adding some floating plants. Does your filter intake have a sponge over it?
 

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I have one pleco, 2 donation Mollies. A firetail shark, and 2 black Mollies who give birth to the fry.
 

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Is your intake very strong? This is why it would be a good idea to put floating plants so they can stay at the top instead of the bottom!
 
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