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Old 04-10-2011, 04:29 PM   #41 
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Okay I can do all three. I was on Mr.Vampire's website and I read that he uses an airstone when siphoning the tank as to not suck up the fry, so I will use that technique for a while.
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:47 PM   #42 
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You may find that you get velvet using that method because it does not suck up the mulm on the bottom of the tank. I prefer to very slowly siphon the bottom of the tank into either a clear or white shallow bowl/container and check for fry that way, then once the bottom is clean I attach an airstone and siphon the rest of the water that way.
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Okay then I will just do it that way. I don't want to risk disease. Also I just remembered that the ventrals might not develop properly if they are swimming against the gunk on the bottom. Should I wait to siphon the bottom once the free are free swimming? I tried to do it today but it was disturbing the nest too much (before I knew there were fry).
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:32 PM   #44 
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Yeah.. you don't want to do water changes until they're at least free swimming. I like to wait until they are 7 days old (7 days from free swimming) to start doing water changes.

The first two weeks suck because you WILL suck up fry so water changes take forever because you have to suck a little out, look for fry, take them and put them back in the tank, suck some more out, look for fry, rinse, repeat. It usually takes me about 30 mins just to do a partial water change on a 5 gallon fry tank.
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Okay so I won't do a water change until next weekend. Would it be okay to just add a bit of water once they are free swimming?
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As long as you do it slowly it should be fine.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:52 PM   #47 
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I just use the same syphon tubbing to drip the new water in the tank.
If you can't place the container of the new water higher than the tank to drip the water in, then you can dip cups of the water in the tank and slowly tilt them to pour the water in.
When you're syphoning use your finger to control the suction, that way you can stop it if a fry gets too close.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:01 PM   #48 
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Thanks! Luckily I can raise the clean water tub high so I can siphon it in.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:22 PM   #49 
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I can't really tell if my fry are free swimming or not. I have seen some fry completely horizontal, but hovering just below the nest.

Should I take him out, or wait until I see them swimming around the tank?
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If he appears to be munching on the fry I'd take him out.
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