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Old 06-04-2013, 01:42 PM   #1 
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Why are my fry soo small?!

They're 10 weeks (around) and most are not even an inch long yet and no color (barely). When I see others, usually they're almost full grown with color. It's like they havn't even grown!

Theres about 20 or so in a 10 gallon, heated, filtered, the works. I feed them atisons betta starter, microworms, and just recently fed them frozen blood worms (cut up)..

So, Why are my fry so small?! :(
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:50 PM   #2 
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How often do you do water changes?
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:53 PM   #3 
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Every 1-2 weeks, I'll change out 30-50% of the water. & readd salt, declhorinator, easybalance, and startzyme... And I throw in a few new IAL
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Well there's the problem.

Fry excrete a Growth Stunting hormone so that it's other competitors won't out grow them. On a fry tank you need to be doing at least a 50% every other day if not at least every day.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:59 PM   #5 
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50% water change everyday is necessary for faster growth. More food helps also. Feed more across the day, not all at one time of course.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:05 PM   #6 
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Are they stunted? If I start doing daily water changes will they grow again?
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:05 PM   #7 
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Fry will eat every 3-4 hours so about 4-5 meals a day will help them.

EDIT: yes they should start growing again after a while. It will take another few weeks though.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:34 PM   #8 
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I have 3 4-5 month olds that are only 1/3" because they were stunted so bad, so make sure tht you keep up on w/c's. I didn't see them when I moved everyone else into the grow out and they got left in the breeder with some Endlers so they were fed, but didn't get the amt of water changes they should have...there is extremely slow growth on them now even though I do a 50% change o. Their 10 gallon every 3 days.
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At what age should you start doing 50% water changes?
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Once they're born and free swimming. You'd need to start right away and not stop until they are out of the grow out tank or you've sold them/whatever you plan to do with them.
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