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Old 09-15-2004, 02:59 AM   #1
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Sad Story

Well today I'm watching my fish as usual and I notice that one of my long finned leopard danios appeared to be preggo; but the stomach wasn't too fat.
Well anyway, I took my shower, got dressed and right when I was about to leave for work, I took one last look at my tank and found a little baby danio swimming around by itself. Assuming the rest had been eaten or sucked up by the filter I quickly took out my net to grab it and seperate it from the fish/filter. Welp, as soon as I went to grab that net there it went right up the filter It really upset me because I never thought my danios would mate; they were always too busy chasing each other. And plus, I've never had fish have babies
Maybe next time...

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Turn the filter off as soon as I see a baby.
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ugh....yeah that's sad.
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that is sad....but, the good thing is - if they mated once, chances are, they will again. If you even suspect a baby coming, get a net-cover for your filter to prevent the same thing from happening again.
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I always keep a sponge over my filter intake on my tank where babies are--not hard to clean and I haven't lost any young ones!
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Well even if I were to keep the babies, I dont know exactly what I would do with them because I plan on having other fish in my tank. I can always just buy a seperate tank for them and give them to the LFS but I dont know if it would even be worth my while.
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You owe it to yourself to raise one batch of fry! After that, let nature take it's course
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is there a DIY way to make a cover?? I don't have any expected babies, but leaves and roots seem to make their way over into my filter after I clean the tank, and I'm sure that isn't necessarily good for the filter.
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You owe it to yourself to raise one batch of fry! After that, let nature take it's course
You bring up a good point. I could only imagine the sense of accomplishment after they're all grown and healthy.

Whats an easy/inexpensive way to raise them? I have to give them proper filtration right? Can I just put them in a 5 gallon with a small filter or something?
I understand there are lots of babies, so there may not be room.

I cant afford and dont have the room to setup another 10gal right now.

What do you guys do when you raise fry?
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Rubysoho- you can take an AC sponge (mini works well) and cut an X into it with a sharp blade and shove it over the intake, replacing the strainer type attachment. You have to rinse it out every other day or so, as it becomes a prefilter, but it works very well.

I let fry fend for themselves usually, except I have been selling my Endler's. I have several generations of white clouds and working on my second generation of serpae tetras. If they make it, they join the school - it is very cool!
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I let fry fend for themselves usually,
Same here....sort of culling, I suppose.....and whenever I open up the AC filter on the molly tank in the first three weeks after a spawn, I find 2-3 fry merrily swimming about in the bottom.
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