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Old 02-13-2012, 01:01 PM   #1 
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Free Swimming fry... or NO fry?

My HM marble pair spawned on the 7th of Feb, My eggs hatched on the 8th/9th... but the 10th was the LAST day I saw fry.... some issues occured early on (I thought the male was eating the eggs and removed him, most of the eggs had a fungus) and in the end I ended up with roughly 5 fry (give or take) with the male taking care of them (I thought I had lost the whole spawn and released him to help cull any survivors... he decided to raise the babies instead).... well.... I have seen NO fry since Friday.. I know by now they should be free swimming, I have been placing a SMALL amount of microworms, walterworms, and banana worms in th tank every few hours and cleaning the old stuff out before adding more.... but I STILL have seen NO frys.... am I just worring and Iwill see them pop out in a few more days once they are less shy... or is there a high possibility that with having such a small spawn from such inexperianced parents they have not made it?
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:29 PM   #2 
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If you have plants in the tank, they may be hiding there. I once had a spawn just disappear that way, so it could be either way.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:37 PM   #3 
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If you saw so few fry after they hatched they might have all died.
It's very hard to see them dead at this age as they disolve quickly.
Stir the plants and the water a gently and if you see no fry swimming I would discard everything and try again.
The problem with having such a low hatch rate is that you might end up with no fry by week 2. It can go either way but if I was in your situation, I would just redo the spawn.
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:00 PM   #4 
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I moved the plants around and nothing Im going to respawn the pair :-/
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:04 PM   #5 
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Q: Is the male in your avatar the male you're using?
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:21 PM   #6 
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No, that's James, the pair Im spawning are both HM marbles from breeders... my males parents are Thai imports... James is a Walmart rescue
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:44 PM   #7 
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I didn't the the "19 bettas: infor on your signature before asking.
I was gonna say that he looks very thin but I'm sure you've been taking care of that :D
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:53 PM   #8 
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LOL, its okay, Im getting ready to make it 22 since I just bought three more Aquabid bettas, and yes, he was VERY thin when I got him (that was one of his first pictures)... he gets plenty to eat now though!
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