Is it ok to let my Cherry Barbs give birth but allow them to be eaten?
Hi, I got 3 males and 3 female Cherry barbs in a 45 gallon community aquarium that's not over crowded in the least.
Anyway I knew they were rarin' to breed when I got them as they were pairing off and going bananas all over the tank. I just caught them either doin' the deed or more than likely laying eggs and fertilizing in the thick Java Moss I got. The female has got a big gut right now.
I didn't get into the hobby to breed but selected the male/female ratio to minimize fighting, so I kind of asked for it.
Is it considered unethical to let the babies be born and let fate decide if they survive or not? I got a round filter over the hang on back intake pipe but I'm sure they will definitely get eaten if I don't do the separation tank gig, by themselves or perhaps the neons, dwarf gouramis or glow danios.
Thanks for your opinion.