I went to the lake and caught some "tadpoles". I found fins so apparently ive got some fry. They are in a 30gal. with an overturned clay pot,a large rock (in the corner so they can hide behind it) and a floating plastic plant. I feed them crushed flake food (these guys are TINY). They are in my basement next to a window so they can get some light. Im not at home so I cant post pictures. Any care info would be nice. Thanks!
If it is an empty 30gallon then great, can you describe the fry?At your lfs they will probably sell liquifry for livebearers (platys, guppies, mollies) or egglayers (pretty much every other breed of fish)
I usually use that and things like micro worms for the first couple of weeks and bbs, then I move on to bigger things like daphnia and gradually introduce flake food but I don't stop feeding live foods as those are important, also daily water changes, make sure it is a sponge filter instead the usual fish tank type as this prevents the fish being sucked in. some people like to put plants in but this is completely up to you, any other questions you have just let us know and we will do our best to answer them :)
Well supposedly their eating flakes.
The best thing to feed them.. go back to their location of origin with a bucket, and collect a ton of the glob found there.... algae and such.. This will be full of their food.
Just look it over and remove any large insects, as these are their predators. :D
Thanks for all the advice! Ill check out the fry food. Also how can I siphon without sucking up a bunch of fry? The lake I got them at has bluegill, drums, walleyes, crappe (sp?),bass, catfish (though I see no whiskers), carp... the works. Should I fill up the tank the rest of the way? They were in pretty shallow water (like ankle depth) so...
Well, catfish spawn in summer, so not catfish. Bluegill, drum, crappie also spawn in the summer.
Lake trout spawn in the fall.
I'm guessing walleyes. Do you know if there's pike? Pike spawn early on too.
Either way, these fish will not be kept in aquaria all their lives.