Got a pleasant surprise last weekend.
As I was looking at my tank very closely I noticed something wriggling behind my internal canister filter. Closer inspection found about 15 tadpole-like ancistrus fry. I haven't seen the male for some time and I suppose that explains it, been raising babies.
Unfortunately it was over the Christmas weekend and no lfs
open to get a seperate holding tank. Eventually I found a petshop where the guy donated me a very small 3 gal
tank used to keep spiders in.
Started with the saltwater soaking and disinfecting of the tank, got a sponge filter and 50w heater. In a few days it was good to go.
In the mean time I counted over 50 little wrigglers, but they seemed to be getting less in my comunity tank. Think the pearl gourami had something to do with it. And today when I lifted my one driftwood to clean the male popped out and underneath it was another brood busy hatching.
Got about 30 free swiming in my growing tank now. Doing 50% water changes daily, might have to do it twice a day. Feeding them lettuce and algae wafers mainly, zuchinni now and then.
Any advice for a noob breeder like me? I know I need a MUCH larger growing tank. Does anybody have a good way to catch them without disturbing the tank or hurt any of the fish? What else can I feed them? And at what size can I let them go to other keepers?
Thanks for the help in advance!