Originally Posted by optimusprimesgurl
Oh I also forgot to say I hope your fish gets better. Best of luck. :) Oh...and my female is still acting...weird. She's zipping around, hiding and just hovers in one place with her fins moving fast.
She will act kind of off for a few days. She is trying to get back to normal after just giving birth. Since you are not sure how many she had exactly you never know she could of had a whole bunch and is just trying to get back to her old self. Mine do that sometimes just to do it. I think it is just a molly thing. Just in case though make sure you have done your partial water change and put some stress coat in the water. If needed since you have your 10G cycled put her in there for a rest and maybe that will help since you have the fry in the breeder net.
As far as when to move the fry move them when you are ready. Mine are born into my 10G and 20G so as long as you buy one of those sponges that goes over your filter you can see in my video or remember from me telling you so they don't get sucked up they will probably do better in the 10G.
I would suggest a bare bottom with some plants for them to hide and hang out. Also don't forget to do frequent partial water changes. They need their water changed a lot which is why if you have an extra tank it is better to separate them. It also lowers their stress levels b/c they don't see their mom out there wanting to eat them.
I just added 2 of my mollys in with the adults even thought they are only almost 2 weeks they are so big now they can go in there. They are too big to be eaten and too big to get sucked up in the filter so I decided to keep them. They are pearl mollies and those are not that common and my fish guy is going to pay me a lot more for their fry compared to my others so I decided to keep a male and female and then Leave the others to sell when they are 2 months. I just rescued 2 more platies today from my main also. I have so many hiding spots they are all over the place...lol.
Oh your food question. I would feed them at least 4 times a day if you can. No less than 3. The best way to do it is to use a toothpick and stick the tip in the water then shake it off. Dip it in the flakes and do a light tap so you don't have too much on there then stick the toothpick in the water and swish it a little to get all the flakes off. I feed mine now probably 6 times a day just that tiny amount. They have grown so much and I have over 80 fry so instead of feeding them more at one time I feed them more often and the same amount.
Since I can put my hand in the water and they will swim onto my hand and around it I like to do that at least once a day so that I make sure the smaller fry are getting food also and the bigger ones aren't taking everything. Since I have molly, platy, guppy and 1 balloon molly fry I have to be careful to make sure they all eat enough. Also if you want you can break off a piece of the Algae/Veggie wafers and throw it in there and they will go nuts. My platy really love them. They are way smaller and I think they love it more b/c of it being on the bottom. But only do a small piece b/c they will make a mess and since they won't eat it all within a day I usually take it out that night so that the filter clears out any mess it makes. But the molly's love it too.
So best bet is to either put your mom in the 10G for a day or 2 for some R&R or move your fry over so they can get the higher temp in their tank which they like it a little hotter than the main. I keep mine between 80F-82F. My main is at 76F-78F. But pretty much it is your decision when you want to move them. Make sure you get the sponge for the filter though or you will have no more fry b/c they will be sucked up into the filter. Also about 2 times a week do a partial water change on the fry tank they need it more often. Can't remember if I already said that or not...lol. There I go writing a long reply again...lol.
OK I am off. My fish is doing better so I am going to give her some brine shrimp and then I need to feed my fry and my live bearers then I need to also feed my BRP's. And also time for a partial on my 20G fry tank. I will talk to you soon. Let me know if you have anymore questions. I am so glad the fish are doing well.
Oh forgot to ask you. What are you feeding you fish that they are getting constipated all the time? That is not normal. I have never had a constipated fish in all my years of having them and yours seem to keep getting constipated. Not good to starve them if they are though. You need to give them a pea that has been boiled and then peel of the shell of it. That will make them go if they are. They do eat their own poo a lot so if you are basing it on what you see in the tank thats not a good way to do it. I know they are not like goldfish who poop like crazy all the time...lol. It seems never ending with them...lol. Try the pea though but don't not feed them b/c that will stress them out especially after the one just dropped her fry. I will talk to you soon!!!