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Old 07-18-2013, 11:32 AM   #1 
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Fry Not Free Swimming

My fry are 6 and a half days old now and have not reached the free swimming stage. I don't think they will survive, but I was just wondering, what are some reasons for fry not reaching the free swimming stage? I have a high ammonia reading, but had started to water changes to lower it. The temperature is at a stable 82 degrees. Could it be genetics? The female is also quite young, around 4 months old, could that be a factor as well?
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:54 AM   #2 
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The female may definitely have a factor to it! You may want to lower the ammonia even a little more. The female is very young. I suggest next time you breed to start with a female that is a little older.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:24 PM   #3 
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Keep up the water changes and don't give up, fry are surprisingly tough. Genes may play a part of it, but I'm not sure if the age of the female is... I know people who breed three month olds without issue.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:33 PM   #4 
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Okay, thanks guys. I should be getting some duckweed and java moss today. Hopefully, that will help with lowering the ammonia.

Edit(Reply to MattsBettas): Haha. I'll keep up the water changes:)

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Yup. Water changes are most important though!
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:40 PM   #6 
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What do you mean not free swimming? Are they just hanging around rather than swimming all over? Newborn fry don't swim.. after a few days to a week you'll start seeing them dart more, but they won't "swim" until much later - weeks later - normally the first week they hang out at the surface (sometimes the bottom) and dart once in a while for food..
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Free swimming means horizontal instead of vertical. They really aren't very active for the first few weeks.
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They are not horizontal yet. They are still vertical. They just hop around on the bottom. I googled some videos of free swimming fry and most of them were motionless at the top, but still horizontal. When my fry try to get to the top, they can't stay horizontal.
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What is the temp of the tank, what are you feeding and how much?
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:28 PM   #10 
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The temperatures at 82 and I covered the tank with a towel. I'm feeding micro/Walter/banana worms. The amount is just enough to cover the tip of a toothpick. I have them in a smaller container and I just swish the toothpick around in it. I read not to feed them until free swimming. But I decided to feed a little after day 5
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