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  1. Clyde

    Clyde

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    Hi Guys

    I need some help. I have 120L tank full of live breeders:

    *2 Male Guppies
    *2 Female Guppies
    *1 Male Sord
    *1 Female Sord
    *1 Platy Male
    *1 Female Platy
    *1 Algie eater
    *2 Cat fish

    I have been tring to breed them for over 6 months now and every time they have fry they just get eaten. I have loads of floating weed, plants and rock formations in the tank for them to hide. Can anyone help or give me some advise on how to save some of the fry?
     
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  3. Kribs

    Kribs The betta connection

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    Get a live-bearer breeding trap thing from LFS. Its not too expensive...
    Then get a Breeding Net to separate the babies....
     
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  4. speedz

    speedz In need of a fishroom....

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    vallis works
     
  5. Zoom

    Zoom Retired Moderator

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    They are simple nets that stick to the sides of the tank. You put the pregnant female in th top, and as the babies re born, they fall through a grill to a bottom section of the net. In my experience, putting the females into the net stresses them out too much, and they either die, or don't have the babies. What I do it the moment I see she's about to pop, I watch, and keep checking every few hours. You will see the babies hiding in the floating plants at the top... I catch them with a small tupperware container, and put them into the net.

    The net eventually got so gross and green, and because I had babies all the time.. I decided to buy a small inexpensive 20litre tank. Tank cost me R35. Hood cost me about the same. Sponge filter abour R40.00.. and the sponge filter you can just tee off the original tank's air piping. Therefor the only extra cost in electricity is the extra heater... and you can get away with a small 50w heater in that tank anyway. Lighting not essential... but if you want you can put in.
     
  6. f-fish

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    If possible decide what you want to breed and do a species specific tank for the breeding. Nets work - but it is such a pain and I do not think the weak get natural culled if you use a net ...
     
  7. Donny

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    I would get more females, your ratio should be 1 male to 3 females, this works best, get a hanging breeding net.
    Zoom good with promoting MTS, this is the best option a seperate tank.
     
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    Zoom Retired Moderator

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    That's where MTS hit me!! We had the 40l. Packed it away and changed to a 160l.Bought a 20l for breeding... and now the wife says she wants the 40l taken out again, and turned into her Betta tank... as far as she is also concerned.... get rid of the 20l, and let the babies become live food in the community tank.
     
  9. Donny

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    Zoom explain that bloodworms are way healthier than live babies. I am sure someone near you would want the babies.
     
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    Zoom Retired Moderator

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    Yes, but then I have to save them and keep a tank ready for them... Which is what I'll probably land up doing when the wife see's the babies again anyway.
     

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