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Old 04-18-2011, 12:19 PM   #1 
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Are my fry eating?

Hello,

This is my first time breeding bettas and first post here so hello! I've done my homework and have everything ready and have 5 day old fry. My question was how do i know if the fry are eating? I spread the microworms all over the tank but I'll see a few dart through the cloud of worms but I never see them eating from the bottom. What does it look like when they're eating?

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Old 04-18-2011, 02:07 PM   #2 
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Welcome to the forum.....

The way I tell if my fry are eating is by their stomach....it should look round and full...with live MW I would suspect that the stomach would also be a brown color....I don't use MW so I honestly can't say what color the full tummy should be....with infusoria it is black dots and BBS it is orange/pink tummies....generally the tummy takes on the color of the food too along with looking full/round.....

Be sure a siphon off any uneaten MW within 30 min or so after feeding so they don't pollute the water killing the fry or cause bad bacteria that can sometimes cause missing ventral fins.....

Love to see some pics and hear more about your breeders and fry......
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Ok, they're still pretty small and I'm unable to capture a good picture, but if I look closely enough their stomachs do look like a pastey white.
Dad is a Super Delta Twin Fin.
I'm not sure what mom is.

Again sorry for the terribly quality photos I'll work on getting better ones!
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Old 04-18-2011, 06:19 PM   #4 
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MW are white so the fry will have white bellies if they're eating. I'll repeat what OFL said about siphoning the bottom. Excess food at the bottom of the tank can foul the water quickly and lead to velvet and possibly missing ventrals.
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MW are white so the fry will have white bellies if they're eating. I'll repeat what OFL said about siphoning the bottom. Excess food at the bottom of the tank can foul the water quickly and lead to velvet and possibly missing ventrals.
Ok, they all have white bellies just a big relief... I added some snails recently to help the clean up but I do siphon when theres excess food.
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Moms bowl looks pretty dirty...
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Moms bowl looks pretty dirty...
She got cleaned and moved to a half gallon tank.
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Oh okay. Is the half gallon her permanent home? It's on the small side, and you'd need to do 100% water changes every day on it ^^
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:43 AM   #9 
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No, I'm letting her re cooperate for abit then shes going back in the community tank. If my fry are eating the microworms their stomachs should be white?
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Yep white or off white. Either way you should be able to tell they've eaten something. Let me see if I have a picture that can show you what it should look like.

Here's a picture of a fry that's only a few days old. You can see the brownish white tummy (these guys were eating vinegar eels).


This one's a little more blurry but again you can see their tummies with the brownish/white/gold vinegar eels in there.

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