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- 2 years
Okay, so this is ridiculous, but I need some advice, and quick. I finally got some fish to put in my 80 gallon tank day before yesterday. A few different tropical things. Including some Mollies. I had asked the person I was texting if they were male or female and she said she didn't know. So, once I got them home I sexed them and found that I had 1 male and 2 females. 1 of the females gave birth last night of course because I wasn't going to be ready for babies for a few more days prep wise. I was planning on modifying my filter intake and getting plants over the next few days. Well I woke up this morning and found a baby. Little tiny black molly just floating around. Then I found 2. Then I found possibly 3. But that's it so far. I'm not sure if everyone ate them overnight or if they got killed with my murderous tank setup. Ugh. So, I quickly put some netting around my intake, a sponge on the top part of the intake, and threw every ugly plastic plant that I could spare from my other tanks into this big 80 gallon to give them someplace to hide. One thing that I ignorantly did not realize is that they could swim down into my river stone substrate. And now I think they are going to get stuck, squished, or lost under there and am panicking like a fool. Well, my husband thinks so anyhow. But they are swimming literally down into it and hiding under it. Biggest ignorant thing I didn't realize is that my undergravel filter system is like a death trap for fry. I found 1 unfortunate soul sucked up into the filter of one of my powerheads. So, upon realizing that I am seriously not fit to be a fish fry mother, I unplugged my powerheads about to lose all hope of saving any of these little guys. Now, my next concern is that they are in an 80 gallon tank, under rocks, under my tray for my ugf probably, and who knows where else. How do I feed them? It's not like they are going to swim to the top for food. This tank is like the ocean compared to them. I can't even catch them and move them to another tank because they are under my rocks. My son suggested I remove my 3 inches of river stone 1 by 1 to safely get them out. Lol. I don't see that happening. Does anyone have any suggestions? I don't want to lose more. I'm going to be getting plants tomorrow. I now hate my river stone that I just 24 hours ago thought was beautiful, and I need to remove the whole undergravel filtration system at some point, because I don't want future fry getting hurt. I would love any and all advice possible. Please try to limit the name calling, I'm completely ignorant of baby fry, and wasn't anticipating them so soon. My fault I know. Thank you in advance.