No! No! I'm really happy you gave my so much information!
I feel a lot easier now. Hmm, what to start off with. Well when I went to the pet store I picked out a gold female, a silver male, and a black dalmatian female. I tried to get the ones with the flattest tummies so I could tell easier. One is a little more plump and I remember the storekeeper saying that she had some eggs, but wasn't too full. My other one was pretty empty. Does this mean they are pregnant?
Also, I found out that they do sometimes take the babies. And surprisingly there are a large amount of small pet stores near me that I'm sure would take them.
And also, I know I've heard both sides as to whether or not a breeder is necessary and if it just stresses out the fish more. Since I'm pretty sure they have some time before the first batch, I was just thinking of taking out the mother the week before I suspect she is due and set her up in the 10 gallon.
Right now I don't have one set up and need to cycle it. To be honest I made the mistake of cycling my 20 gallon tank with fish. I didn't know I was doing it so I don't want to make that mistake again.
Anyways, back to topic, after I'd move her to the 10 gallon, I'd just let her have her fry and I will definitely be using the methods you recommended.
Then once she is finished just return her to the main tank. Also, how do you know when she is finished? Oh and I realize by doing this some fry will be eaten but since I know the large numbers they produce, I'd just like to let nature take its course and see who survives since I'm still inexperienced. Maybe after awhile I will try to save every little guy, but I'd like to take things slow. I hope that's understandable.
The main tank right now is heavily planted with fake plants so should I even take her out?
Thanks again sooo much! I'm nervous, but excited about this. I just ordered some food online for the new guys since my algae is running low soon. Zoo Med Spirulina I believe is what it is.