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Old 04-08-2013, 06:06 PM   #11 
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im tempted to just siphon the bottom regardless and if they're alive, they should swim away shouldn't they?? if i get a live one in the siphon then when i check the bottle i should at least see them moving
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:25 PM   #12 
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If they are alive they should respond by moving away from the disturbance or at least moving around.

It's no big deal to suck up fry. I do it all the time. I just use a small measuring cup to get them all back out again.

If they aren't moving around a lot in the bottle, it could be that they are stunned by being pulled up the siphon. Sometimes my fry will just sit motionless at the bottom of my water change bucket, so it won't necessarily mean they are dead.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:16 PM   #13 
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Maybe suck up a sample few with a turkey baster and put it under good light or zoom in for pics or microscope. Anti fungal is good to have small amount (half dose) in tank from the start. At this stage being patient and changing as much water as possible even if its a super slow job (and it is) is the key.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:50 PM   #14 
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The reason they are at the bottom is because they want the microforms. If you feed them with vinegar eels, they will be all at the surface. For the first 2 weeks, I use a combination of both, because the eels are smaller and they swim at the surface.
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