Originally Posted by Andjak
Oh man that sucks
I'm sorry you couldn't save them how have you gone about it before in case I have to save them :S this is my first try breeding
Well, I'm self employed so I'm not gone from home for long hours at a time. I believe that's the #1 reason I've been able to save such large amounts. My first Molly is there on my profile... I got her from Petsmart with a preggo pouch and she gave birth a week later. I was watching her like a hawk.... kept looking in the tank every hour or so and rushing out in the morning when I'd wake up... Okay yes, I admit, I set my alarm once (or twice
) to check in the middle of the night.... She was looking very close so I moved her to her own 10 gallon and kept peeking in there. I figured her in there alone would reduce the stress and save more fry with less mouths to eat them. The next day my 6 yr old son lurched me out of sleep exclaiming, "MOMMYYYY BABIESSSSSS!!!" There were only a few in there and I was fortunate enough to be able to take pictures as well as video of them being born. (Okay, okay.. i ALSO admit squealing once or twice as they dropped out in 3's and 5's at once...) I was able to save all of the babies that time and wound up with 43. They are 6 1/2 wks old now and I have approx 35 that are 1".
My second batch from another mother I was able to save the same way... I saved 35-40ish (this was the same one who had them last night without being so diligent as to ask me first if I was watching!
) .... last night was the LONE fry who is alive and well this morning in the newborn 10 gallon with my other 11 babies I was able to save 4 days ago.
The key for me really is watching them... A LOT! Yesterday when I made that post that she was hovering, fins down, obviously stressed I should have moved her to the 10 gallon... I was worried that she would eat the other 4 day old babies from another mother... also there was a big chance the fry wouldn't going to be born alive because she held on 40 DAYS... AND i had medicated them for an illness last month, which could have killed the fry or deformed them causing them to be born dead... ::Sigh:: I'm disappointed, but still happy for the one. Granted, my load is lightened... I have 12 fry out of two births as opposed to my expected 80... haha..
When is your mama due?