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Old 05-29-2012, 10:54 PM   #41 
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Fry count 4, maybe 5 . They are in a 6.6 gallon right now. I'm taking out around a gallon a day and replacing it via drip system. They're really starting to explore the tank now rather then staying on the surface most the time. The ones that are left seem strong so I'm hopeful for them.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:55 AM   #42 
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Even as little as 5 surviving, I'd suggest a 10 gallon tank because they will grow extremely fast. Also try using a lot of live plants that bunch together. They really enjoy that.

I'm sorry to hear you're on such a low number, but at least you have a few chances of getting a pair out of this spawn.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:03 AM   #43 
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Considering the parents, you should get some beauties, too bad the number is so small. Keep up posted.
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:37 PM   #44 
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4 1/2 weeks old. A bit small for their age but doing well. There are 5 of them. They are eating skeeter larva 3 times a day so I'm hoping that will put some growth on them. I noticed some chasing going on today.
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You are doing a great job with these fry, the pictures are adorable. What are you feeding them?
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:24 AM   #46 
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Mosquito larva 3 times a day. They refuse to eat anything else .
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:27 PM   #47 
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I've never used mosquito larvae before so I was just wondering if their stomachs always turn that red color.
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Old 06-17-2012, 01:04 PM   #48 
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It's more brown in real life, lot's of dark poo . I have 2 tubs set up in my backyard that I get them from, no ponds or swamps. I use a brine shrimp net to scoop them up and then I swirl it around in a cup of clean water to get the baby skeeters out. Then I use a eye dropper to suck them up and feed them to the fry. It's kind of a pain but I want to get as little of the tub water as possible in to my fry tank.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:28 PM   #49 
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Interesting. I hear that the Larvae like to shoot down to the bottom. Is this true?

Also about how big are the tubs do you use? Ive seen breeders use small plastic shallow bins. Im probably going to try this soon. We have enormous Mosquitos here!
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I use 5 gallon feed tubs I got from tractor supply. They are shallow which the skeeters like. The skeeters do shoot down to the bottom, another reason for shallow tubs. What I do is scoop and then wait a few minutes for them to come back up then scoop again and so on. Use tank water from water changes in your tubs and add some oak leaves and you'll have skeeters within a week. Keep between 2-3 tubs so you don't run out. Depending on the size of your fry they should be able to eat the baby skeeters between 3-4 weeks old. The adult ones are great for conditioning breeding pairs.
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