I Feel So Bad, Unexpected Fry, Help!!

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ok so I’m new to keeping fish. I must have gotten a black mollie last weekend that was pregnant. I just finished a water change and noticed a baby hanging out in the gravel! I’m not prepared to deal with babies yet. Do people let nature take its course or is that inhuman?
 

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You can take them out and put them in a breeder box, it's like 5 bucks at a box store, or yeah, let it take its course. It's the way it is in the wild.
 
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gandalf1420 said:
You can take them out and put them in a breeder box, it's like 5 bucks at a box store, or yeah, let it take its course. It's the way it is in the wild.
I will definitely pay attention for future fry. Do people let nature take its course? As a new fish keeper I wasn’t sure if that was frowned upon. Although I would rather raise them and give them away.
 

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It's better to just leave them so the population doesn't explode most of the time a few will survive out of the batch if you have good hiding spots like moss.
 
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Jimmie93 said:
It's better to just leave them so the population doesn't explode most of the time a few will survive out of the batch if you have good hiding spots like moss.
Ok! That makes me feel better.
 
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Ridge Chambers said:
They make great snacks for bigger fish :)
So your saying I’m not a bad fish keeper for letting them get eaten? I think 2 made it so far. But I’ve only got black mollies and black neon Tetra in the tank. Once it cycles I will add a couple angles and some bottom dwellers.
 

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Fljoe said:
So your saying I’m not a bad fish keeper for letting them get eaten? I think 2 made it so far. But I’ve only got black mollies and black neon Tetra in the tank. Once it cycles I will add a couple angles and some bottom dwellers.
The tank not being cycled is a bigger issue then them being eaten you should never add fish to a non cycled aquarium they probably have a better chance of dying over it then getting eaten.
 
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Jimmie93 said:
The tank not being cycled is a bigger issue then them being eaten you should never add fish to a non cycled aquarium they probably have a better chance of dying over it then getting eaten.
I didn’t learn about the cycle process until after Petsmart said I was good to go. I wish I could do it over again. But any future tanks will be cycled with no fish.
 

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Fljoe said:
So your saying I’m not a bad fish keeper for letting them get eaten? I think 2 made it so far. But I’ve only got black mollies and black neon Tetra in the tank. Once it cycles I will add a couple angles and some bottom dwellers.
Heck no! These things happen and as someone said they do provide food for other fish in your tank. I mean the prepared fish food, like flakes and pellets and stuff all probably have fish as one of the ingredients so look at it like you just cut out the middle man :). I know baby fish are cute as all get out, I would have a hard time too with it too but if any do survive they are the strongest and the smartest most likely.
 

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Fljoe said:
I didn’t learn about the cycle process until after Petsmart said I was good to go. I wish I could do it over again. But any future tanks will be cycled with no fish.
Just do a lot of water changes probably 30 percent every 2-3 days and you should be good. And test the water daily if you have nitrate test kits.
 
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Cherie G said:
Heck no! These things happen and as someone said they do provide food for other fish in your tank. I mean the prepared fish food, like flakes and pellets and stuff all probably have fish as one of the ingredients so look at it like you just cut out the middle man :). I know baby fish are cute as all get out, I would have a hard time too with it too but if any do survive they are the strongest and the smartest most likely.
Thank yo so much!

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Just do a lot of water changes probably 30 percent every 2-3 days and you should be good. And test the water daily if you have nitrate test kits.
I have been testing water every day since I learned about the cycle. No2 and No3 is always 0. Ammonia is holding at .25. I did a WC on Thursday when ammonia spiked at 2.0. And did another one today, ammonia was still at .25 and No2 and No3 was still 0
 

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Get some Seachem Prime, itll render the ammonia and such harmless under a certain amount. Dose every day. 50% water changes when ammonia reaches 0.5
No worries, petsmart gave me bad info when I first started too. I was in your shoes.

If you wanna keep some fry, I suggest getting some hornwort. You can simply float it or tie a few stems to a suction cup to anchor it. It doesn't do as well planted as it doesn't have roots and anything under substrate tends to rot. Its bushy and dense, great for protecting fry. Ive got platy fry that have lived through danios and a gouramI with hornwort
 
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Get some Seachem Prime, itll render the ammonia and such harmless under a certain amount. Dose every day. 50% water changes when ammonia reaches 0.5
No worries, petsmart gave me bad info when I first started too. I was in your shoes.

If you wanna keep some fry, I suggest getting some hornwort. You can simply float it or tie a few stems to a suction cup to anchor it. It doesn't do as well planted as it doesn't have roots and anything under substrate tends to rot. Its bushy and dense, great for protecting fry. Ive got platy fry that have lived through danios and a gouramI with hornwort
I have been using prime during WC. Your saying to dose with prime everyday without a WC?
 

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You can, yes. I usually do every 48h myself if I have an ammonia spike.
 
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MissNoodle said:
You can, yes. I usually do every 48h myself if I have an ammonia spike.
Ive only had one ammonia spike. That was this Thursday and I did a 25% water change. Otherwise ammonia always tested at .25 no2 and No3 is always 0.
 

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Because you're still cycling you should dose at least every 48 hours. Your No3 needs to grow, since that's the end of the cycle.

First ammonia creates no2, which breaks down into no3.
 
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Because you're still cycling you should dose at least every 48 hours. Your No3 needs to grow, since that's the end of the cycle.

First ammonia creates no2, which breaks down into no3.
Do I treat with prime for the entire 55 gallons when not doing a WC?
 
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I usually do, every 48hrs. Dose for the full tank.
Sorry for the delay, I went to sleep. I appreciate your advice. Thank you.
 

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