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You can let the dad in there to take care of them but it's too late now I guess.

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According to everything I've read, I should remove dad when the fry are free-swimming. Do you disagree?
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Not disagree but you can let the dad raise them till they're 1/4-1/2 inch long.
It's how they'd do it in the wild.

The dad will cull weak fry for you.

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I really wish I'd read that before Do you think it's too late to put him back now? I'm nervous he won't feel that paternal instinct now that he's been separated while I'm at work today.
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Yeah, don't put him back. From what I can remember, letting the dad raise the fry make them a little more sociable and better parents when they grow up.

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OK, thanks for the info! I'll remember that if I decide to try and breed again.

Any thoughts on what to feed them?
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You can feed protozoans after their yolk sacks are gone for 1 week, then Baby Brine Shrimp or microworms for a few weeks, then you can try commercial fry food or crushed flakes.
Grindal worms would be good too.

If you're in a pinch, a little bit of hard boiled egg yolk can work for the first few weeks. Make sure to keep the tank clean of left over food. It's a messy business to feed these guys.

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here are mine years ago.


fries1 by professorminh, on Flickr


fries2 by professorminh, on Flickr


fries4_3_1_07 by professorminh, on Flickr


fries2_3_1_07 by professorminh, on Flickr
Dad is still watching out for them

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Awesome pictures! I really like when you can see the horizontal stripes on them.

Thanks for the info on food. I'll have to get creative with what I can find. I've had no luck finding commercial fry food.
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Yeah, the stripe is a submissive signal to the dad not to kill him.

One thing you can also feed the fry is rapashy meat pie straight from the bag. No need to gel it.

http://www.store.repashy.com/meat-pi...-4-oz-bag.html

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What about Hikari first bites? That's available at most big box pet stores.
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Yeah, the stripe is a submissive signal to the dad not to kill him.

One thing you can also feed the fry is rapashy meat pie straight from the bag. No need to gel it.

http://www.store.repashy.com/meat-pi...-4-oz-bag.html
I have frozen glass worms that I think I'll mush up as fine as possible.

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What about Hikari first bites? That's available at most big box pet stores.
I'd never heard of this. It looks like PetCo carries it and I have one locally.

Thanks for the help everyone!
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I'd go with the Hikari first bites. Mushed glass worms won't be edible, I don't think. You can try the frozen bbs, daphnia, & planktons when they're a little bigger.

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So far, I've been feeding infusoria (I'm not sure if my culture actually worked or not, but I still feed it just in case) and just a little First Bites. The fry are so small it's tough to imagine them getting any, but I'll just work on keeping the water clean. I also got the microworm culture in the mail, so I'll get that going as well.


The fry are definitely growing. I'll get some pictures this weekend, including mom and dad betta.
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If you hold the infusoria container up against sun light, you should see specs of dust swimming around. Those would be the larger paramecium.


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