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Old 12-25-2012, 07:14 PM   #1 
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Question on how fry swim

I had a spawn 2 weeks ago,everything went fine.
I have some fry that are swimming in a zig-zag pattern.
They will swim to the top and then fall to the bottom,they also swim around the tank in the zig-zag pattern,fast,but just wierd.
Could this be just a birth type problem?
I breed in a 10 gal tank,with AL,a corner foam filter(the filter is turned down to just a couple of bubbles now and again.
I have the tank filled to about 4-5 inches,no problem untill they turned 2 weeks old.
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:22 PM   #2 
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hey GF,

Do you mind posting a picture of your spawning tank? Also curious to see if you can capture a photo/video of the fry swimming zig-zag. I don't recall any of mine doing evasive maneuvers like that.

What are you feeding them now?

What kind of bettas were the parents?
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:22 AM   #3 
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HI Bill, there must be something wrong with your fry. They shouldn't fall to the bottom (after 2 weeks). But they often swim and stay at the bottom. Nor should they zig zag - they would sometimes dash and "disappear". Unfortunately I don't know what the problem might be as a number of things might influence their development - genetic, water parameters, humidity, food, or disease.

Maybe try a massive water change (70 - 90%) and refill very slowly. This should in the least reduce water related issues.
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