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Is it possible to save livebearer fry?

I had a albino swordtail give birth today but was only able to find 1 fry. I am assuming most got eaten by everyone else in the tank. The mother was beyond swollen so I cut her open and voila literally 30 babies pop out but they are all curled up still. EDIT: The mother died before I cut her open to save the fry

Has anyone ever tried to save these babies? Or are they condemned to death the moment the mother died?

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Why would you cut her open? Normally they can give birth on their own.
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I've got some platties that have fry all the time. If the fry go up to my floating plants, they are usually pretty safe. My GBR's chase them around but can't catch them.

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Why would you cut her open? Normally they can give birth on their own.
Im guessing the OP didnt cut open a live fish LOL

Sometimes with livebearers the fry will come out curled up can take a while before they become free swimming. Good luck, i hope they survive.

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Im guessing the OP didnt cut open a live fish LOL
Well that's exactly what he wrote - no other way to interpret it really.
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Crap I guess I should have mentioned she died beforehand >< So recap of the story. She died and was hugely bloated and I noticed some fry in the frogbit of my tank. I pulled the body of the mother out of the tank and decided to cut her open since she had already died. Out pop a whole bunch of fry, almost all fully developed (as much as fry get). They weren't moving and curled up so I don't know if they will survive.

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If one wishes to save as many fry as possible without netting them out,,then as mentioned ,,floating plant's such as Pennywort,water sprite, will give the fry a place to hide as well as home for infusoria for the fry to eat.
Spawning mop's,and or mosses are also good refuge for fry to hide in.
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Re: Is it possible to save livebearer fry?

Yep the fry were in my floaters. I've raised many fry before to adulthood but they have always been born naturally. I think I should have made the question clearer. Is it possible to raise fry from a c-section (due to the mother's untimely death prior to giving birth)?
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