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Old 07-21-2013, 08:15 PM   #11 
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I would switch to BBS asap - those micro worms are not nutritious and they lack a hormone which could cause a lot of fry to not grow their ventrals. As for the amount, sounds like a tiny bit.. with that temp (for future knowledge) I would start around day 3 after hatching.

Daily water changes of siphoning out the debris off the bottom, dripping new water in and feeding BBS daily and hopefully you will start seeing a difference.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:20 PM   #12 
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Okay, I will look into getting BBS. Should I start feeding even if they are not free swimming? Could genetics be a cause of fry not reaching the free swimming stage? Or would it be due to bacteria accumulation on the bottom of the tank?
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:50 AM   #13 
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Genetics nor the bacteria will cause it - how is the ammonia?
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:43 AM   #14 
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Okay, that's sort of a relief x]
Last time I tested it was around .5ppm and the pH was around 8. I added some java moss and will add duckweed.
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Try and lower the pH too. higher pH causes more toxic ammonia iirc, as opposed to 5-6 pH.. they also like softer water, some almond leaves?

The ammonia is definitely a problem though. some Prime can neutralize that.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:27 AM   #16 
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Other than using IAL, DON'T use anything to lower pH - that will kill the fry instantly with any sudden changes.. and liquids don't keep the pH steady at all, which when it raises back up quickly will also be deadly. Bettas can adapt to whatever pH you have..

Water changes, do them daily of at least 50% removing the waste and dead food on the bottom - that will be a BIG help.
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Okay thanks guys. Also, it's normal for the fry to try to horizontally swim, but fail to keep themselves floating before free swimming right?
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:09 AM   #18 
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No...

Try adding in some Epsom, wondering if their swim bladder is a bit wonky for some reason. I would say .5 - 1 tsp per gallon predissolve it.
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:30 AM   #19 
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Yeah, I've thought of that. Because it seems like they should be free swimming. I'll try that
Here's a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZff7FjEI5k
They were 2.5 days old and the temperature was 86 (I bumped it up for the new spawn from the start)

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That looks normal for 2.5 days.. in fact, he is a bit more active than a lot of them at that age :)
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