Okay so I woke up yesterday to five spunky balloon molly fry! I put them in a breeder because I had school all day. I came home and my momma molly still looked pretty pregnant! so I set up my 5 gal tank with water from the 20gal they were born in, a sponge filter I have it about half way filled,an adjustable heater set at 79 F, some anacharis and cabomba. I googled what those little mollies will eat and most said crushed (almost into powder) fish flakes/pellets will do since I have no live food available. I tried it and they all ate twice yesterday. (YAY) And later last night the momma popped out more babies, alot were deformed, stillborn, bad eggs, and most can't seem to swim, they swim as hard as they can for about 30 seconds and then sink to the bottom. So I'm sad because I don't think they're going to make it
The mom is in the breeder floating in the 5 gal, She's in there seperated from the fry, because I don't want her stressed in my 20 gal. I did a water change today (gradually because I read if I shocked the fry by changing the water too fast they could die). They are SUPER active! And mom is still kind of acting weird like she did when she needed to drop more babies so I'm keeping an eye on her.
So I have questions
I have frozen brine shrimp I got from petsmart, When could I introduce that as a food source? I also have frozen ( not freeze dried!!!!) blood worms.
I saw on here some of you guys use snails to keep your grow out tanks clean, and eat the dead fry from the bottom of your tank, If this is true, what type of snails do you recommend?
I am feeding them twice a day, and changing some (not all.. around 1/3) of the water every day, is this a good schedule to follow? If not, pleasee tell me what I should be doing, I want them to live.
If I have missed something, or am doing something wrong tell me. I've never raised fry before.