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Old 04-18-2012, 10:13 AM   #1
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Holy fish fry batman!!

Was counting my fish this morning and there is a fry of some sort in my tank! I'll try to get a photo.
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:29 AM   #2
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Here's a picture. I couldn't get a better one. I guess it came from the neon black hi fin variatus? I just got them a few days ago. Should I try and catch it and put it in my 5 gallon? It's cycled and empty except a few snails.

This was so unexpected! I wonder if there will be more!

I have a male endlers, neons, and rummy nose tetras. It has to be a variatus fry, right?
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:21 AM   #3
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Yes, it does appear to be a platy(variatus) fry. It will most likely be eaten unless you have a lot of hiding places in the tank. If you don't have sufficient hiding places, I would advise moving it to the 5 gallon. There will most likely be more, but they may have been eaten.
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Yes, it does appear to be a platy(variatus) fry. It will most likely be eaten unless you have a lot of hiding places in the tank. If you don't have sufficient hiding places, I would advise moving it to the 5 gallon. There will most likely be more, but they may have been eaten.
Congratulations about your fry!
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Yes I agree platy.... Your pair must have heard us talking yesterday!
Take it out and put in 5g....
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It must have been eaten or it's hiding really well. I havent seen it since this morning and I've not noticed anymore either.
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Possibly hiding turn the lights off, wait awhile then turn them back on and it may come out if it feels safe enough. Or you could sweep your net along the gravel and see if it pops up.
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Possibly hiding turn the lights off, wait awhile then turn them back on and it may come out if it feels safe enough. Or you could sweep your net along the gravel and see if it pops up.
I just did a 10 gal pwc. Moved some driftwood and I found 2 fry! They were hiding so good! I have pfs, and they really blend in. I caught them and moved them to my 5 gallon. I turned off my lamp next to it and only the dim lights are on. I just looked and saw both of them hanging out by the pebbles and lemon Bacopa.

My big question- how and when do I try to feed them? I just crush up tropical fish flakes into super fine bits right? But how will they know to eat it?

I read that variatus are omnivores. If I put an algae wafer in there will they nibble on it? I've dropped one in my 55 and the Rummies, endlers, and adult variatus pick at it.
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I forgot to add the picture of the little darlings!
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I would just grind up the flakes into a fine powder for now, just make sure your hands are clean(no soap residue) and with the flakes ground up dip your fingers into the tank and they'll pick at it. 2 or 3 times a day should suffice. I would say feed tonight then late morning, late afternoon and at bedtime.
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