Originally Posted by pam v
Hooray the baby is a week old today and still going strong, thanks for the advice.
I am going to do a partial water change today as i didn't do one last week, i'm a bit worried this may freak them out what do you think?
I have a 65 litre tank
Hi there! I am fairly new too, but your situation is pretty similar to mine, so I can at least offer what has been working for me.
I planted my 29 gallon tank with 3 water sprite and bought some of the artificial baby grass. This has been plenty of cover for my fry from day one - no catching, finding, moving, etc.
For the first few days I fed the fry a hard boiled egg yolk mushed up with just enough water to make it a paste. Then you dip a toothpick in the mixture and mix it into the water. I tried crushed up flakes too, but they didn't seem to touch those. The, a few days ago, I got the Hikari First Bites from my LFS
. These have been great b/c they float a little longer in the middle of the water column allowing the fry more access.
I work full-time, so my fish are getting fed twice a day, and the fry seem to be fine with this - especially with the live plants which I am pretty sure they nibble on during the day.
Water Changes - you should be fine just being careful. I didn't let me tank fully cycle before getting the mollies (my bad), so I have been testing the water daily and have probably done 3 water changes since the fry were born a week ago. They have been fine each time! Just follow the common sense guidelines, making sure the water is the same temp, just a water conditioner, etc.